UNDP embraces Gender Seal
In order to further enhance Gender Mainstreaming in the Country Office; UNDP Bahrain embarked on a Gender Certification process in order to obtain the UNDP Gender Equality Seal. UNDP Bahrain is part of a second pilot for the Seal.
The first Gender Strategy for UNDP Bahrain was developed in 2006 for the period 2006-2007. A gender audit was conducted in 2010 and, accordingly, a new Gender Strategy was developed for 2011-2012 with a corresponding Action Plan.
We have continued working on the implementation of the Country Office Gender Mainstreaming Strategy. One key component included an in-depth gender analysis of project documents. Gender training was conducted for UN Staff and national counterparts in which gender mainstreaming concepts were introduced and tools for gender sensitive programming, implementation and monitoring were presented.
The Gender Seal is an initiative that generates incentives for solid work on gender equality, and empowers managers and Country Offices to advance work on gender equality to better support countries’ gender equality goals.
The Gender Equality Seal establishes minimum acceptable quality standards and is a useful assessment tool that helps managers to link workplace policies and development results for effective gender mainstreaming.
In 2012 UNDP tested the certification process of the Gender Equality Seal in collaboration with UNDP Country Offices in Argentina, Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan. In December 2012, the three Country Offices were awarded with gold certifications at an award ceremony in UNDP Headquarters in New York. The Seal offers three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
We completed the first step of the Gender Equality Seal certification process; a self-assessment to identify gender gaps and areas that need improvement. UNDP Bahrain is eager to move to the next step; which would be to develop and implement an action plan for improvement.