UN SYSTEM WIDE POLICY AND STRATEGY ON
GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
Members of the Inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality promote the incorporation of gender
perspectives into the work programmes of their organizations. The Network itself provides support to gender
mainstreaming through opportunities for exchange of experience and good practice at the annual meetings as
well as at informal meetings. Many of the taskforces, through which the Network carries out its work, also
explicitly promote gender mainstreaming, for example, the taskforces working on
financing for development,
Workshops on gender mainstreaming at annual meetings
At its fifth session, the Network members expressed a desire for the opportunity, within the context of the
annual sessions, for deeper exchange of ideas and experience on gender mainstreaming, including on continuing
challenges and good practice. This was considered important to be able to move beyond awareness raising and
advocacy on gender mainstreaming to issues of implementation. The question of responding to demands for more
information and guidance on "how-to", or the implementation gender mainstreaming, remains one of the greatest
challenges. One-day workshops are organized on different aspects of gender mainstreaming.
The first workshop held in 2001 focused on Approaches and Methodologies for Gender Mainstreaming
. A separate report on the workshop was prepared:
Report on Approaches and Methodologies for Gender Mainstreaming .
The second workshop in 2002 focused on
Training and Capacity-building for Gender Mainstreaming
Collaboration with the OECD/DAC Working Party on Gender
In 1997 the Network (then the Inter-agency Committee on Women and Gender Equality) organized a
joint workshop with the OECD/DAC Working Party on Gender Equaity on gender mainstreaming. This
provided a critical opportunity for discussions at policy and operational level. The report was
Gender mainstreaming kits for ECOSOC
The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Ms. Rachel N. Mayanja , monitors and
oversees the mainstreaming of gender perspectives in the programmatic, normative and operational work of the UN system,
though the Inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. Information on gender mainstreaming throughout the system
is provided to the United Nations System
Chief Executives Board (CEB) for Coordination, and its two high level committees,
the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and the High Level Committee on Management (HLCM).
In 2002 an information kit on gender mainstreaming was prepared in support of the inclusion of a new
item on the programme of work
of ECOSOC's substantive session of 2002: Item 7(e) mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the
United Nations System. Gender Focal Points throughout the UN System provided information on recent policy statements, programme
objectives, operational activities, and one good practice example.
This information kit will be updated on an annual basis.