Gender Equality Glossary and Thesaurus

Specific action

Measures targeted at a particular group and intended to eliminate and prevent discrimination or to offset disadvantages arising from existing attitudes, behaviours and structures.

Specific action aims at favouring access by members of certain categories of people, in this particular case, women, to rights which they are guaranteed, to the same extent as members of other categories, in this particular case, men.

Together with gender mainstreaming, specific action is one of the two approaches to gender equality implemented by the European Union.

See also: positive measures