This Handbook was produced by the Regional Gender Programme of the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (UNDP RBEC). Gender mainstreaming makes a gender dimension explicit in all policy sectors. Gender equality is no longer viewed as a “separate question,” but becomes a concern for all policies and programmes. Furthermore, a gender mainstreaming approach does not look at women in isolation, but looks at women and men - both as actors in the development process, and as its beneficiaries.
This handbook is designed specifically for policy-makers who are not experts in gender issues, but who nonetheless are charged with the day-to-day responsibility of gender mainstreaming, according to organizational mandates. This handbook is meant to guide these professionals in their work.
At the same time, this handbook will be interesting and useful to other groups concerned with mainstreaming:
• UNDP programme staff can use it as a guide for gender mainstreaming in project and programme management;
• non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups can use it to monitor and support the actions of government and international organizations;
• students can gain an appreciation for how gender mainstreaming works in practice;
• supervisors of policy makers and project staff can gain a better understanding of the ways in which gender mainstreaming will affect the workplans of their staff, and can subsequently incorporate gender mainstreaming into their performance appraisal systems, while also allocating adequate budget resources;
• gender focal-points and gender experts may find this handbook useful as a quick and succinct reference in their own work, or when training others.
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