Gender Mainstreaming Approach
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Guyana is the Focal Point for the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), in the implementation of the UN policy on gender mainstreaming. The approach has been reflected in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2006 – 2010 by adopting an integrated gender mainstreaming strategy in its ongoing activities and new programmes. The UNDP-Guyana Country Office (CO) accepts gender mainstreaming as a strategy for ensuring equitable, inclusive and sustainable human development by recognising the differences between women and men.
The Country Office is cognizant of the growing body of evidence and experience linking gender issues in policy and projects to equitable, efficient, and sustainable outcomes in development. The CO holds the view that gender is inextricably linked to successful development outcome and therefore it should not be an add-on but integrated into all parts of our project cycle. Thus as a part of the capacity building efforts for staff member’s two events were organised in the first quarter of 2006:
i) A Gender Awareness Session and
ii) A Gender Mainstreaming Workshop for the programme staff of the UN System and government counterparts.
The main objective of the Awareness Session was to raise the level of awareness amongst participants on the UN’s policies on gender. The main aim of the workshop, however, was to place as priority gender mainstreaming into the work of the UNCT and to develop the capacity of staff and partners to apply gender analysis to country programme activities in accordance with national priorities, local realities and the corporate gender policies. Please see below information on the Awareness Session and the Workshop.
Gender Mainstreaming Workshop