Gender mainstreaming is based on the recognition that there is no such thing as a gender-neutral policy. In other words, politics and government always have specific effects on women and men.
Institutions, companies, programmes, laws, regulations, measures, etc. must take into account the interests of women as well as men and must contribute towards overcoming existing inequalities and injustices. The observance of gender interests is also a quality standard in the area of research.
The Federal Government has established an equal opportunities policy based on the political strategy of gender mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle and horizontal task. The Federal Government is thus participating in world-wide activities aimed at the more effective implementation of an equal opportunities policy.