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A Free Toolkit on Gender-Sensitive Communication

This toolkit is one of a series of documents produced by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) to raise awareness about gender sensitive language.

This toolkit provides guidelines for the use of gender-sensitive language in writing. Although it provides tips and examples for the English language, the underlying principles for gender-sensitive writing are universal and remain relevant when using other languages.

Objectives of the Toolkit

The key objectives of this document are to:

The toolkit can support a broad audience of international English speakers. However it focusses on policymakers, policy advisors, legislators, writers, editors and the media.

What you will find in the toolkit and how to use it

This toolkit provides practical guidance on how to use gender-sensitive language when writing documents and includes several examples.
We have divided the toolkit into six chapters:

Key Principles for Inclusive Language Use

You should aim to follow these principles if you wish to make your language inclusive and transformative:

If you succeed in following these principles you are well on your way to becoming a user of gender-sensitive language and you should find yourself naturally following the rest of the guidance in this toolkit.

This toolkit is an easy-to-use guide on how to use more gender-sensitive language.

You can download this toolkit for free here.

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