This toolkit has been prepared for UNICEF professionals at all levels in the South Asia region, working on gender interventions at national and subnational levels including gender focal points and specialists, non-gender specialists, management, sector staff and planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) teams. It may also be a useful resource for government stakeholders working closely with UNICEF and for implementing partners working towards gender equality.
This toolkit includes guidance on how to undertake a gender analysis, what needs to be in place to ensure gender is mainstreamed effectively and how gender can be integrated into the Regional Headline Results (Save New Borns, Stop Stunting, Every Child Learns and End Child Marriage) and in our Complementary Results for Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
Purpose of the Toolkit
The concepts, process and benefits of integrating gender equality issues have not always been sufficiently understood and incorporated into UNICEF’s programming across South Asia. This toolkit is a step towards strengthening the institutional and individual capacity to undertake gender mainstreaming in UNICEF’s programmes and to advance policy commitments on gender equality. This toolkit provides practical guidance to assist UNICEF staff to effectively integrate gender into all aspects of their work and all stages of the programme cycle. The empowerment of women and girls is most effective if gender is a primary focus of all interventions – starting with assessment, analysis and design phases and through to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. This toolkit is intended to be adapted to the goals and objectives of interventions in each country context, and used alongside other UNICEF’s guidance notes.
The toolkit is composed of three sections.
- Section 1 takes a broad look at gender integration in programming and UNICEF’s approach to gender equality.
- Section 2 provides practical steps on integration of gender across the UNICEF Country Programme Development (CPD) cycle.
- Section 3 comprises six modules that offer guidance on gender integration across the UNICEF South Asia Regional Headline Results and its Complementary Results covering health, nutrition, education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and Early Childhood Development (ECD). Gender indicators are found in each of these modules. Finally, the Annex includes a glossary of gender-related terms and concepts.