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Gender newsletter

Date de publication : 05-05-2015
New Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

U NIDO recognizes that gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW) have a significant positive impact on sustained economic growth and inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), which are drivers of poverty reduction, social integration and environmental sustainability. Therefore, UNIDO's new Gender Policy, in effect since 13 March 2015, will not only advance the overall goal of gender equality and the empowerment of women but also pursue the goal of gender balance within the Organization and promote the organizational commitments of UNIDO to mainstream gender in all programmes and projects.
The newly established Gender Mainstreaming Steering Board (GMSB), comprising of the Executive Board members and chaired by the UNIDO Director General, will oversee the implementation of UNIDO's GEEW Strategies, which will be implemented by the new Office for Gender Mainstreaming, Ethics and Accountability (ODG/GEA). ODG/GEA will also be responsible for promoting GEEW within the Organization, including the systematic gender mainstreaming of all policies, programmes and organizational practices, as well as working towards achieving gender balance within UNIDO. This will be supported by dedicated Gender Focal Points (GFPs) and ad-hoc Gender Teams at all levels. Among others, the GFPs' primary responsibilities and tasks will consist of promoting greater awareness of gender issues at the organizational and programme levels, creating a gender-sensitive work environment in their Branch, identifying good practices and initiatives that promote GEEW, and contributing to the preparation, implementation, monitoring and reporting on the progress achieved in the implementation of the UNIDO's GEEW Strategies, as well as networking with other GFPs at Headquarters and the Field. A Gender Focal Point Network will be established to ensure coherence and strategic alignment between all GFPs, information sharing on innovations and best practices, and for thematic learning exercises.
A Gender Coordinator to work in ODG/GEA on a fulltime basis shall also be appointed from within the Organization.

Please read through UNIDO's new "Policy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women" on our Intranet,OpenText and gender pages on unido.org.

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