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1 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO 1 GENDER TRAINING WEEK at EU Headquarters Brussels, June 2010

2 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO Components of the training A.Basic Gender training (14-15 June 2010) Why gender Gender concepts Gender equality strategies Tools for gender mainstreaming Gender mainstreaming in PCM B.Gender Focal Persons Workshop ( June 2010) EU Gender policy commitments How to go from Policy to Practice at country level Instruments, Tools and Entry Points for promoting gender equality in EU Development Cooperation Sharing Good Practices Connecting GFPs to the EU, the Global Agenda and Networks Gender Focal Persons Guide C.Follow up of the GFP-Workshop

3 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO Gender concepts Gender: this concept refers to socially constructed differences, which change in time and place Gender Equality: The needs, aspirations, and interests of women and men are equally valued and favoured in a way that both benefit from the development process and fully enjoy their human rights. Gender mainstreaming: the process of promoting gender equality in all policies, programmes and projects at all levels and at all stages. The ultimate goal is achieving gender equality

4 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO Strategies to promote gender equality o Equal opportunities o Capacity building o Womens machinery o Temporary special measures (Cedaw, art. 4) o Womens empowerment o Gender mainstreaming o Specific actions to enhance gender equality o Gender budgeting o Political and policy dialogue

5 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO EU strategy to promote Gender Equality Three-pronged approach: o Political and policy dialogue o gender mainstreaming o specific actions

6 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO Where to mainstream gender equality? Analytical framework Macro- Level: Meso Level: Micro level: Project Macro level Meso level Micro level Sectors

7 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO The WID-approach (Women in Development) WID Womens projects are seperated from the rest. Now and then gender issues are taken into account in other projects and programmes

8 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO Sustainable gender mainstreaming

9 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO Tools for gender mainstreaming Gender Roles Table Framework for equal Access to and Control over Benefits and Resources Gender Needs Table: practical and strategic gender needs Gender analysis: essential for Country Gender Profile = compulsory for next generation CSPs GESCi (Gender Equality Screening Checklist in the Identification Phase) = Compulsory tool since 2010 G-Marker (Gender Equality Policy Marker): To be applied in CRIS for marking relevance

10 EuropeAid DG RELEX DG DEV DG AIDCO Main Policy Commitments to promote Gender Equality (GE) and Womens Empowerment (WE) 1. Treaty of Lisbon: Gender Equality is a common value 5. Communication on GE and WE of 8 March EU Consensus on Development: GE is a goal, a human right and a question of social justice 8. EU Guidelines to end Violence and Discrimination against women and girls 6. EU Plan of Action on GE and WE ( ) 7. Comprehensive Approach to EU implementation of UNSCR 1325 and Roadmap for Equality between Women and Men ( ) 2. Womens Charter: gender perspective into all policies and measures to promote equality in 5 areas.

11 EuropeAidDG DEV 11 From the founding Treaty of Rome (1957) to the current Treaty of Lisbon (2009): Equality between women and men is a common value of the European Union To bring policy into practice, gender equality shall be promoted in internal and external actions of the EU. 1.Treaty on European Union Gender Equality = Common value of the EU and shall be promoted

12 EuropeAidDG DEV 12 Declaration which defines at the level of the European Union: Common values Principles in favour of Objectives poverty eradication. Means It commits the European Union as a whole; the Member States, not only as members of the Council, but also as bilateral donors. 4. European Consensus on Development

13 EuropeAidDG DEV 4. European Consensus on Development Gender equality and womens empowerment at the EU agenda as: a goal a common value a fundamental human right a question of social justice

14 EuropeAidDG DEV 4. European Consensus on Development Gender equality and womens empowerment at the heart of EU development cooperation as they are: o key prerequisites for poverty reduction o key to all development o core part of all policy strategies o instrumental in achieving international commitments … and will be promoted through support to equal rights, access and control over resources, political and economic voice, and must be mainstreamed in all aspects of development cooperation.

15 EuropeAidDG DEV Communication of 8 March 2007 on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Development Cooperation (& Conclusion of the Council) Frame for a better EU coordination Main objectives: 1. Increase efficiency of gender mainstreaming 2. Refocus specific actions for womens empowerment in partner countries

16 EuropeAidDG DEV Communication of 8 March 2007: Efficient Gender Mainstreaming Changes pursued in 3 areas : 1.Political action: Bring gender equality into political dialogue at the highest level 2.Development cooperation: make gender assessments in the preparation phase involve relevant stakeholders ensure gender accountability mechanisms link budget support to gender performance indicators 3.Institutional capacity building: use updated practical tools create access to information and best practices organize gender training for staff and partners

17 EuropeAidDG DEV Communication of 8 March 2007: Actions to Empower Women Promote Gender Specific Actions in the area of: 1.Governance: e.g. human rights, womens political participation, gender-based violence 2.Employment and economic activities: e.g. equality in the labour market, gender-aware PFM 3.Education: e.g. MDG-2 and MDG-3 4.Health: e.g. MDGs + sexual and reproductive health 5.Gender-based violence: e.g. legislation, victim protection, awareness raising

18 EuropeAidDG DEV Communication of 8 March 2007: Gender Equality and Aid Effectiveness Ownership: ensure womens participation in the whole process at all levels Alignment: bring Country Strategy Papers in line with shared (inter)national commitments on gender equality Harmonization: ensure EU-wide donor coordination and joint efforts Management for results: ensure equal rights and opportunities in economic & social spheres, equal access to and control over resources & benefits and equal voice Mutual accountability: include gender-equality indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks, use gender- disaggregated data where possible, and apply gender budgeting tools.

19 EuropeAidDG DEV 6. EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment (GEWE) in Development ( ) Approved by the EU Council (14 June 2010) as an Operational Framework to reiterate the strong EU Commitment to Gender Equality as: - A human right - A question of social justice - A core value of the EU development policy Operational Framework built upon political and practical consensus among EU Member States, with inputs from delegations and civil society organizations.

20 EuropeAidDG DEV 6. EU Plan of Action on Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment (GEWE) in Development ( ) Overall objective: Accelerate the achievement of the MDGs, especially MDG-3 and MDG-5, as well as to attain the goals set out by CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, and the Cairo Programme of Action

21 EuropeAidDG DEV 6. EU Plan of Action on GEWE in Development ( ) 9 Specific Objectives: 1.Lead role of EU to promote GEWE in development 2.Ensure adequate human and financial resources for GEWE 3.GE-issues systematically on the agenda of dialogue 4.Mainstream GE in all EU funded aid modalities 5.Prioritize NSAs participation, capacity building, and advocacy on GEWE 6.Improve EU monitoring, accountability and transparency on allocation of funds for GEWE 7.Strengthen countrys efforts to achieve MDG-3 + MDG-5 8.Strengthen countrys efforts to combat GBV and discrimination against women and girls 9.Support countries to implement UNSCRs 1325,1820,1888, 1889

22 EuropeAidDG DEV 6. EU Plan of Action on GEWE in Development ( ) Operational Framework For each of the 9 Specific Objectives: - Actions - Indicators - Time-table Tasks for Commission and EU Member States - At HQ level - At Country Level (worked out by GFPs)

23 EuropeAidDG DEV 7. Comprehensive Approach to the EU Implementation of the UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security (2008) Comprehensive guidance to ensure that the EUs external actions o are shaped to protect women from violence o contribute to increased equality between women and men during and after armed conflict and in situations of fragility.

24 EuropeAidDG DEV 8. EU Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls and Combating All Forms of Discrimination against them (2008) Purpose: Mark the EUs clear political will to treat the subject of womens rights as a priority and to take long- term action in that field Three aims: o Prevention o Protection and support o Prosecution of perpetrators

25 EuropeAidDG DEV Sharing good practices: Presentations by GFPs Turkey: How EU funding and policy dialogue contributed to the gender equality agenda in Turkey Guatemala: Gender Coordination Mechanisms at country level Lebanon: Gender working Groups (GEWOG) between EU and Member States Cambodia: Good practice on Empowerment of women through grassroots activism Bangladesh: Working with Government and UN to empower girls Uganda: Experience on Gender in conflict situation Ukraine: Working with UN on Womens and Childrens Rights West Bank, Gaza Strip: Films by Palestinian Women

26 EuropeAidDG DEV Connecting with EU and Global Networks Gender work of OECD Development Centre and Wikigender EU Networks and resources, including intranet Good Practice: Regional GFP Network in Latin America Connecting with CSO Networks: European Womens Lobby, WIDE (Women in Development), global network VAWIC (Violence against Women and Girls in Conflict) Mapping own networks and access to information

27 EuropeAidDG DEV OUTCOME and FOLLOW-UP of the GFP workshop 1.GUIDE FOR GENDER FOCAL PERSONS 2.Overview of ACTIONS THAT REFER EXCLUSIVELY TO DELEGATIONS DIRECTLY (derived from EU Plan of Action on GEWE ) 3.Letter of 30 June 2010 from Koos RICHELLE and Stefano MANSERVISI to all Heads of Delegation on implementing the EU Plan of Action on GEWE at country level and giving FOLLOW UP to GFP Workshop

28 EuropeAidDG DEV 28 THANKS Questions and Answers


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