Gender mainstreaming: Reconstruction of a trip around the world

Gender mainstreaming made its debut on the stage of women politics in the European Union as late as in the 1990s, while looking back at more than thirty years of history in global development policies and debate. The study explores how, whilst travelling from South to North, the concept lost much of its critical potential. As gender mainstreaming goes through the various stages of "EUization", it becomes even more difficult to develop a sustained critical-constructive attitude.