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Workshop for the National Gender Focal Points
Workshop for the National
Gender Focal Points
A two day
workshop for the National Gender Focal Points was organized by the National
Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) with support from UNDP on March 23rd
& 24th , 2011 in Paro. A total of 30 participants including the national Gender Focal Points,
officials from UNDP and UNFPA and NCWC attended.
1. Update on the progress of National Plan of Action on Gender and the CEDAW concluding comments,
2. Take stock, identify gaps and prioritize the implementation of such gaps,
3. Introduce the Gender Policy Screening Tools,
4. Discuss the ToR for GFPS and Constraints and challenges relating to mainstreaming gender,
5. Create an understanding level for all GFPs on the NPAG (new and old)
During the workshop the
participants deliberated extensively on the National Plan of Action on Gender
(NPAG) and the CEDAW concluding Comments of the CEDAW Expert Committee. While
the participants gave updates on the progress of each activity under each of
the critical areas, they also made certain amendments and prioritized the
activities under the 7 critical areas on needs basis.
The two day workshop resulted in comprehensive and extensive discussions and recommendations. The outcome of the workshop was to carry out an impact assessment study of the gender equality interventions and to strengthen the mechanism for gender mainstreaming. Participants also felt that it was important to analyze existing data while simultanenously exploring ways to collect new information. It was also felt that the gender policy screen tool should be more consistent, specific and objective. It also recommended that the tool required a pilot test before being finalized.
These concrete set of recommendations that emerged from the workshop offer a way forward to deepen gender mainstreaming and enhance women's empowerment across sectors. These recommendations will guide the work of NCWC and the GNHC especially in taking forward the NPAG recommendations and instituting stronger network of Gender Focal Points.
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