Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality, IANWGE

Workshop of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality Training and capacity-building for gender mainstreaming 28 February 2002

Overall objectives

The workshop aims to foster greater understanding of different approaches, as well as and lessons learned, on training and capacity-building to promote gender mainstreaming, through a process of dialogue and exchange of experiences among entities of the United Nations system. Concrete recommendations will be made for strengthening training and capacity-building for gender mainstreaming throughout the system.

Topics for discussion

Presentations of concrete experiences, including good practice examples and potentials and constraints, will be made by six UN entities: UN/OHRM, ILO, ECA, UNHCR, DESA and the International Training Centre of the ILO (Turin). In-depth discussion in working groups will focus on key issues for improving training and capacity-building for gender mainstreaming. Participants will exchange experiences on innovative approaches and methodologies, lessons learned and good practice examples, as well as remaining challenges. These will include ways and means of enhancing interagency exchange of lessons learned including on methodologies and resources (including through the interagency inventory of training materials), as well as other issues identified by the participants themselves as critical for further development.


The findings and recommendations of the workshop will be included in the report of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality on its Seventh Session. A more detailed separate report will also be prepared, which will summarize the presentations made on innovative efforts to promote gender mainstreaming, the results of plenary and working group discussions and the recommendations of the Network, and will also include the full presentations from the different UN entities.


The dialogue and exchange will take place in the form of presentations and discussion in plenary during the morning session (9.30am-1.00pm). Presentations will be strictly limited to between 10-12 minutes to allow time for discussion. The morning session will be chaired by a Moderator. The four working group sessions in the afternoon (between 3.00-5.00pm) will be guided by Facilitators. Rapporteurs will be selected from each working group to report back to the plenary (5.00-6.00). The conclusion of the workshop and adoption of recommendations will be chaired by the Special Adviser.

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