In order to correctly fulfil its duty to study the situation facing Spanish women in the fields of legal, educational, cultural, health and socio-cultural affairs, and to create an up-to-date database, the Institute of Women needs a system of indicators which provides information regarding basic aspects of the situation facing Spanish women in relation to men.
The Equal Opportunities for Women and Men Observatory was set up thanks to Royal Decree 1686/2000, of 6 October 2000, becoming applicable in 2001.
It is an organisation overseen by the Institute of Women, assuming the role of the Secretariat, which was assigned by the Royal Decree that established it. It seeks to construct an information system which is able to understand the situation facing women as compared to men, and the effect of the institutional policies that have been implemented, in order to promote equal participation of women in all fields.
The observatory comprises a president, two vice-presidents, forty-four board members and a secretary.
The Equal Opportunities Observatory seeks to assess the situation of women in a wide range of areas, such as Employment, Education, Distribution of responsibilities, Power and Decision-making, Health and Social exclusion, as well as evaluating the effects of gender equality policies that have been implemented, in their most general and probably most important aspects.
Therefore, the aims of the Observatory are, on one hand, to gather, analyse and spread information on a regular and systematic basis regarding the situation facing women and men, at any moment and throughout time, in order to be fully aware of changes made in social and employment-related issues, and on the other hand, to propose policies which seek to improve the situation of women in various fields.