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Draft international guidelines have been published for promotion and implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment. These draft guidelines are now open for public consultation, through NSAI’s ‘Your Standards, Your Say’ online facility.

Public consultation period: From 24th April 2023 until 19th June 2023, inclusive.

The scope of the draft ISO/DIS 53800

This document gives guidance on how to promote and implement gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

It offers guidelines for organizations to develop the capabilities to achieve a culture of gender equality and women’s empowerment.  The guidelines include the framework, resources, policies, tools and good practices enabling contextualization, promotion and implementation of gender equality. This document focuses on the inequality resulting from the gender specific roles assigned to women, girls, men and boys and is applicable to all types of organisations - public or private, regardless of their size, location and field of activity. This document does not address the specific aspects of relations with labour unions or work councils, countries specific compliance and legal requirements on gender diversity.

NOTE: Please refer to 3.5 definition of gender and 3.21 definition of diversity within the draft document.

Content of the draft
The draft includes the following headings:  
1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 Overall approach and issues
5 The current state regarding gender equality
6 Guidelines on gender equality

Annex A Guideline for the development of a grievance mechanism to prevent, detect and respond to gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH) internally as well as in engagement with external stakeholders

Annex B Indicators of the comparative situation of women and men

Annex C List of textboxes

Annex D Best practices and examples

Have Your Say!
View the draft and submit comments:
All interested parties are invited to comment on the draft ISO/DIS 53800 document through NSAI’s ‘Your Standards Your Say’ online-facility.
This is a free, web-based tool, designed to encourage participation from all those who have an interest in viewing and commenting on draft standardization documents.

You can register and download the draft ISO/DIS 53800 document here -
Find out how to use ‘Your Standards, Your Say’ by watching this useful video on YouTube: Public Consultations at NSAI: How to use Your Standards, Your Say - YouTube. 

Please note: this public consultation closes on 19th June 2023.