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[Excerpt] The GEMS Toolkit (Gender mainstreaming strategies: Programming tools) is a set of 12 practical tools to facilitate the implementation of Gender Mainstreaming Strategies (GEMS) in organizations, policies, programmes and projects.

The GEMS Toolkit aims to share knowledge, skills and tools with ILO constituents and partners in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide on how to:

• do a gender analysis of their work and their organization

• put gender in the mainstream of policies, programmes and projects

• carry out gender-specific action to redress inequalities.

The tools in the GEMS Toolkit have been designed in the form of quick reference guides, checklists and tips for ease of use. The first tool gives an overview of key concepts and definitions concerning gender equality and gender mainstreaming strategies in the world of work. The other GEMS tools are organized by topic, addressing gender concerns in (country) strategy development on decent work, in organizations, research, the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects, in budgeting, human resource development, media products and processes, meetings and training, and in the working environment. They conclude with a summary of four main international labour standards for gender equality.