Strengthening Capacity of National Experts in Gender Equality Approaches
29 - 30 June, 2017. Ashgabat. UN Women carried out a two-day training “Applying Gender Equality Approaches in Decision Making” for specialists of governmental organizations of Turkmenistan, including Mejlis, State Statistics Committee, Women’s Union, ministries of education, health, labor and social protection, etc. The training was carried to support the implementation of the National Action Plan on Gender Equality in Turkmenistan for 2015-2020 and implementation of gender relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2016 -2030. With a guidance of the International Consultant, Gulnara Ibrayeva, the trainee increased their capacity and skills on integration of a gender equality approach in decision making in their daily work and strategic and long-term planning and monitoring processes.
The human rights based approach and gender equality international standards, principles, and mechanisms were discussed by participants to emphases the role of governmental institutions as “duty bears” in ensuring human rights and gender equality. Through practical exercises training participants obtained skills in the gender analysis and the importance of thoughtful assessments of different needs of various groups of population. Trainees also studied the results based approach in setting goals and targets for achieving gender equality, including data, research and analysis. During the training, it was mentioned that currently, governmental entities are working on development of their plans for 2018 and that new skills and knowledge obtained by trainees might contribute to development of these plans with consideration of gender-based tools and approaches, which make the planning processes more effective and results-oriented.
Shemshat Atajanova, the Head of the Human Right Department of the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan noted that this training was useful for participants and the capacity building of governmental specialists in gender equality should be regular to ensure better applying of gender equality approaches and its mainstreaming.
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