This paper proposes three options for a successor to the current Plan:
1. A Gender Action Plan II that builds on the GAP but aims to sharpen its focus.
2. A Gender Action Plan Plus that limits accelerated and increased support to two priority gender equality, rights and empowerment areas, and with a focus on process.
3. A new comprehensive framework and action plan comprising a more ambitious approach, while also building on the GAP.
However, the success of all three options will depend on certain preconditions being in place: resolute leadership; enhanced gender analytical, including sector-specific, capacity; an informed, sensitive and courageous approach to political dialogue; full use of the menu of development instruments and modalities; meaningful engagement with civil society; and coherent policy-making.
A radical shift in the EU’s approach is needed in order to achieve gender equality and to ensure all women and girls have the right to participate fully in all spheres and contribute to achieving sustainable development.