Gender mainstreaming is a strategy for making women and men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefits equally an inequality is not perpetuate. The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality.
The argument is that women’s subordination not only affects women but is also a structural problem with an impact on society as a whole. The inclusion of gender in developmental projects and programs is important because it promises:
- Sustainability and ownership of projects
- Proper targeting of programs to suit the needs and interests of men and women, boys and girls.
- Participation of both men and women in development activities
- Proper allocation of resources, roles, time and benefits
- Formulation and implementation of appropriate strategies.
- Mainstreaming requires working to improve the specific situation of women in tandem with men.
Below are the topics in the trainer manual on Gender Mainstreaming
· Introduction to Gender
· Gender Awareness
· Lobbying and Advocacy
· Human Rights and Gender Based Violence
· Gender Analysis
· Approaches and strategies to Gender Mainstreaming and Integration
· Methods and Strategies of Gender Mainstreaming
· Mainstreaming Gender into Leadership and Governance
· Gender Responsive Budgeting