GAP BiH 2013-2017 is a strategic document containing goals, programmes and measures for the realization of gender equality in all areas of social life and work, in the public and the private sphere. GAP BiH provides guidelines for the development of annual operational plans at the entity, cantonal and local level. GAP BiH follows priorities of all levels of government in BIH, relying on GAP BiH 2006-2011, State and Entity development strategy, European Union (EU) Strategy for equality of men and women and other relevant strategic documents of the Council of Europe (CoE), EU and United Nations (UN).
This strategic document still contains all areas of social life but prioritized and cross-cutting areas were defined, as well as areas related to strengthening the system, mechanisms and instruments to achieve gender equality and strengthening co-operation and partnership. In this manner, the obligations of institutional gender equality mechanisms were clearly defined, as well as the obligations and responsibilities of competent ministries in each priority area. GAP BiH 2013-2017 contains three strategic goals defining priority areas of activities—namely, programmes and measures needed to realize each goal.
GAP BiH 2013-2017 contains three strategic objectives of defining and prioritizing necessary activities, programmes and measures.
STRATEGIC GOAL 1: Development, implementation and monitoring of the programme of measures for improvement of gender equality within governmental institutions, as per priority areas:
I.1. Preventing and combating gender-based violence, including domestic violence as well as trafficking in human beings
I.2. Public life and decision making
I.3. Work, employment and access to economic resources
I.4. Education, science, culture and sport
I.5. Health, prevention and protection
I.6. Social protection
STRATEGIC GOAL 2: Establishing and strengthening the system, mechanisms and instruments for realization of gender equality per priority areas:
II.1. Co-ordination of implementation and supervision over implementation of GAP BiH
II.2. Monitoring and improvement of applying international and domestic standards for gender equality
II.3. Strengthening and co-operation of institutional mechanisms for gender equality
II.4. Raising awareness of gender equality in all segments of society
II.5. Support to programmes and projects of institutional and extra-institutional partners
II.6. Monitoring and assessment of progress in the realization of gender equality
STRATEGIC GOAL 3: Establishing and strengthening co-operation and partnership per priority areas:
III.1. Co-operation at regional and international levels
III.2. Co-operation with civil society organizations, social partners, academic community
Each field in each strategic goal contains:
- Short analyses of the situation, including effective national and international regulations and documents.
- Programmes of measures in accordance with the Law on Gender Equality in BiH.
- Competent duty bearers and deadlines. Primary duty bearers in the Strategic Goals 2 and 3 are gender equality institutional mechanisms. In Strategic Goal 1 primary duty bearers are competent administrative organs according to the statutory scope of work.
- Reporting obligation.