UNDP Eritrea convenes a gender mainstreaming training of trainers workshop in AsmaraOct 18, 2015
UNDP held a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop on gender mainstreaming and gender equality at Asmara palace from 17th to 18th October 2015. The training was attended by high profile government officials and representatives of civic societies in Eritrea. The workshop covered gender concepts, analysis and impact assessment, accountability and gender and economic development.
Government participants were from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Land, Water and Environment and the Ministry of Health. Other participants were from the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW), Eritrean Centre for Organizational Excellence and UNDP. Out of the total 25 participants 10 were women and 15 were men. Majority of the training participants were gender focal persons in their respective organizations and departments.
Gender mainstreaming is key to UNDP work and the country office is committed to building the capacity of its staff, implementing partners and stakeholders. In her opening speech, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Ms. Rose Ssebatindira said, “We hope that this initiative to build gender mainstreaming capacity at the national and local level will boost and enhance our collective efforts to foster gender equality in Eritrea.”
The objectives of the training were to: enhance the skills and knowledge of the participants on gender management approaches; build a pool of trainers on gender mainstreaming; equip the trainees with skills to train their colleagues; and advise the policy makers on integrating gender mainstreaming in future projects - from the development stage through implementation and monitoring, to impact assessment. The workshop was also a platform to enhance partnership between UNDP and the institutions represented.
During the closing ceremony, UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, congratulated the participants for completing the training. “Gender equity and equality are indispensable in all development processes. Human rights cannot be attained without ensuring equality for all” she said. She added that the training workshop had commissioned all participants to strengthen their partners and networks in order to integrate gender mainstreaming in development projects. The training participants received a certificate of completion from the Resident Representative.
UNDP Eritrea integrates gender equality and women empowerment into its programming as guided by the organization’s three key thematic areas: sustainable development pathways; resilience; inclusive and effective democratic governance. According to the Country Programme Action Plan (2013 – 2016) UNDP supports the Government of Eritrea in enhancing the capacity of National institutions to have gender responsive sector plans and policies that promote empowerment of women.