Gender WorkshopJun 4, 2014
Achieving gender equality is part of the core mandate of the UNDP, and it is necessary precursor to achieving sustainable human development. The UDNP has committed itself to support member states and to operationalize its commitment by conducting capacity building workshops for its staff, the IPs and the stakeholders.
The UNDP boarded series of trainings and workshops on women empowerment, one of these workshops took place on the 4th and 5th of June 2014. The focus of the two days’ workshop was on gender equality and women’s empowerment not only as human rights, but also as pathway to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development. UNDP works to ensure that women have access to opportunities and platforms that empower them, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making, and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families and countries. The workshop in day one presented gender analysis and accountability, were gender theoretical base and the core concepts were discussed. The workshop tackled the UN actions and the UNDP accountability themes, while addressing the main challenges in relation to capacity building and corrective actions and gender responsive accountability. The workshop generated elaborate debate on issues of gender responsive budget.
The workshop on day two presented an introduction on how language is a powerful tool for describing reality and that communication involves all, youth, women, farmers, workers, students etc. the principles of equality were discussed and forms of sensitive communication, exploring examples of how men and women were presented in the media. Both workshops generated active interaction and positive contributions from the participants, followed at the end by an assessment and evaluation of the workshop that capture points of strength and weaknesses to be accommodated in further trainings activities.