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05 July to 09 July 2021 online 05 July online
 

The Gender Unit of SDC is excited to re-announce the Gender and Economics Training at NADEL, a leading education and research institution in the realm of international development in Zurich, Switzerland. The training will be taking place in the week of July 5th-9th, 2021 in an online format. The detailed schedule is in preparation. 

The training is based on the UN Women Gender and Economics Training Manual, UN Women and three leading feminist economist will strengthen the capacity of the participants on the importance of gender-responsive economic policy. More specifically, this course will: 

  • Introduce participants to economics in general and present feminist approaches to macroeconomics, microeconomics and international economics.
  • Expose participants to critical analyses of global and regional economic trends, including those related to economic crises.
  • Enhance the skills of participants in understanding key issues of gender-responsive economic policy for programme design and policymaking, and
  • Strengthen the capacity of participants to network with other development practitioners, scholars and policymakers.  

This course requires you to be fluent in English. The Gender Unit of SDC will pay for your course fee (if you are a Gender Focal Point at SDC).  

Please note, the number of participants is limited and you can register through Selina.haeny@eda.admin.ch until January 31st 2021. First come, first served. 

Find out more on NADEL here. 


01 March to 01 December 2021 in Cotonou, Dakar, Ougadougou 01 March in Cotonou, Dakar, Ougadougou

Renforcez vos compétences
> Découvrez des outils d’analyse pour comprendre comment se (re)produisent les inégalités de genre dans le développement
> Développez votre esprit critique afin d’inclure la perspective genre dans une démarche de transformation sociale
> Intégrez la perspective genre dans les politiques, programmes et projets de développement


Plus d'information ici.

01 January to 31 December 2021 01 January 01 January to 31 December 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic brings with it many uncertainties, and therefore no events are planned at the moment. We hope to mitigate the situation so that we can resume our events soon.


SDC “Training of Trainers”

The SDC “Training of Trainers” (ToT) has been shifted to end of January 2021.


Gender and Economics Training tentatively June/July 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland

Do you like to improve your gender and economic knowledge? The Gender Unit of SDC is excited to announce this special Gender and Economics Training at NADEL, ETH Zurich, Switzerland spring semester 2021. Based on the UN Women Gender and Economics Training Manual, UN Women and three leading feminist economist will strengthen the capacity of the participants on the importance of gender-responsive economic policy. 

01 December to 03 December 2020 online 01 December online

Key messages to HQ and SCO management



  • Mainstreaming GESI in projects and programs is not a merge of the gender equality and social inclusion agenda but a recognition of their large overlap and a use of the existing potential for synergies. Gender equality will remain (with governance) one of the 2 transversal topics of SDC, gender is a must.

  • A good understanding of the root causes of inequalities, exclusion and discrimination is crucial for integrating GESI. Therefore, plan enough time and resources for the GESI analysis, and ensure strong management commitment not only for the analysis but also in translating the findings into a good design, sensitive implementation and M&E.

  • There is a need for more engagement and investment in long term capacity development of staff and partners for Gender equality, social inclusion / LNOB (It has to be notes that SDC does not make any distinction between social inclusion and Leave no One Behind). Key recommendation:  (1) develop a long term strategy for capacity development of SDC staff and partner organisations, (2) This strategy should integrate Monitoring and Evaluation of GESI with clear progress indicators, (3) the strategy can also focus on building a pool of trained GESI champions or change agents, both in SDC and partners.

  • In order to strengthen its focus on GESI/LNOB, the following topics/issues are of central importance for SDC:






- Engaging more in Social Protection, supporting governments to better address the needs of the most left behind groups.

- Digitalization is a process that is taking place everywhere and that is accelerating during the Covid pandemic, still deepening the inequality impact of the crisis. SDC should play an active role in making digitalization more inclusive.

- There has been more data and studies than ever produced during this crisis, but how to use this data to trigger political will to put GESI more prominently on the policy agenda? Besides, there are still groups (like Roma) for which data are lacking. Data should serve both as a basis for policy influencing/ advocacy, and for evidence-based programming.

- Supporting an enhanced role of CSOs both as service providers to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, but also as human rights watchdogs. 

  • SDC should provide space for innovation and experimenting new approaches to learn about GESI and support GESI champions (partners, CSO, individuals).

  • It is very important to provide and maintain a space for sharing practical experiences, lessons and good practices among focal points on GE/SI from CEE/OZA offices. Your suggestions for sharing or request for support are welcome and can be sent here.




Main learning

  • Gender equality is a very personal matter, deeply imbedded in our lives. This is why behavioral change is so difficult and takes time. As we all have different cultural backgrounds, we also face different challenges in dealing with it.

  • Gender: it is important to strengthen the focus on men and boys. First of all for the sake of equality but also for the fact that many contexts don't allow to tackle inequalities which women suffer from if men are not on board.

  • GESI sensitive analysis and programming have to go beyond the usual development discourse that tends to frame minority communities as « vulnerable », viewing them as an undifferentiated group. Such framing makes it impossible for us as development actor to understand and address specific exclusion issues, and it trap minorities communities in a narrative of “victims" that deny them voice and agency (empowerment). Instead we have to look at specific patterns and their intersectionalities: specific ways in which different discrimination (gender and disability for example) combine and reinforce each other.

  • GESI is a long-term process: we should be modest but have high ambitions, knowing that it will progress with small steps. Mainstreaming GESI can start at any time in the PCM cycle. Preferably at the early stage of a project preparation/design, but better late than never!

  • Because intersectional issues are important for both gender analysis and social inclusion analysis, they are to a large extent overlapping. This is a good news in terms of synergies to be used and parallel exercises to be avoided.

  • Good GESI analysis does not necessarily translate in good project design. We should not put all our efforts in the analysis and think that the job is done. We have to be aware of other factors: our capacities to translate good analysis in good project design, and M&E of GESI, and be aware of unintended changes.

  • The Covid crisis (like all crisis) is disproportionately affecting the most disadvantaged groups. Crisis are also opportunities for change. In this case, it should remind us of our duty to systematically integrate gender equality and social inclusion in our programs.

  • Gender equality and social inclusion is a huge and long-term endeavor. It is very important – and this is also a lesson from the pandemic – to coordinate with other actors, making use of complementarity, division of tasks in order to prioritise.


You find all the relevant documentation on the shareweb of the poverty-wellbeing.  

25 November to 10 December 2020 25 November 25 November to 10 December 2020
 

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a spike in violence against women. In response, activities created by the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December, will take place under the 2020 global theme: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect. All over the world different activities are planned, including the following:


16 DAYS 16 FILMS – Online

Inspired by the UN Women campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Kering Foundation has launched the short film festival, 16 DAYS 16 FILMS. The festival is an initiative that highlights filmed content addressing violence against women. Each year the jury selects 16 films by female filmmakers from hundreds of submissions that explore, emote or educate on a form of violence against women. The short films will be shown on the Kering Foundation and Modern Films websites.

Motherhood and violence – Switzerland

This year, the 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women event in Switzerland will focus on motherhood and violence. Various events in different locations are planned, including flash mobs, exhibitions, city tours and discussion meetings.

SDC’s different actions for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

25.11.2020: To open the 16 days, Patricia Danzi launches a video tool to support sensitization and training of SDC staff about how can we make ourselves fit for PSEAH? Prevention and Protection from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PSEAH) is one important measure to contribute to the reduction of violence against women and to act against abuse of power and gender inequality in international cooperation. SDC firmly promotes zero tolerance of inaction against SEAH and has set clear signs by introducing guidelines and instruments for addressing and responding to SEAH. On the occasion of the International Campaign against Violence against Women, SDC director Patricia Danzi will launch the Kick Off for the next level of implementation of PSEAH sensitization and capacity building in Swiss representations abroad with the support of a new interactive video tool “Fit for PSEAH?”. The tool consists of situations of sexual misconduct in daily work situations in the field and supports staff to reflect on appropriate ways of response by the affected persons, bystanders and management.


25.11-10.12.2020: SDC will also host a social media campaign (and an in-house poster campaign) during the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, starting the November 25th with the International Day Against Violence Against Women until December 10th with the International Human Rights Day.

During 16 days, SDC will show different types of Gender-Based Violence to raise awareness about this issue and its multiples faces, and how does Switzerland engage against GBV.

>>> Follow us and share the posts from 25.11 until 10.12 @SwissDevCoop on Twitter


10.12.2020: 10th of December, the last day of the 16 days campaign, and the international human rights day, the SDC Gender Unit and the Gender Focal point of the Humanitarian Aid Department will conduct a virtual workshop and peer learning event on experiences with applying a community-based psychosocial approach in SGBV work. The focus here is not on individual support to survivors of SGBV, but on psychosocial support and trauma healing for the community as a whole. Community members and groups support SGBV survivors and address the effects of the violence on relationships in the community, thus strengthening collective coping capacities, resilience and solidarity. Participants will gain insights from SDC experience in the Great Lakes region, learn from an expert view, listen to peers experiences from other regions and engage in joint discussion about proven practice and challenges, minimal requirements and joint ambitions to promote such approach in the SDC.

You are kindly invited to register for the workshop until 20. November 2020 to nadia.amri@eda.admin.ch.

04 November to 08 December 2020 online 04 November online
 

Cette formation s’adresse aux responsables et praticien·
ne·s des secteurs public, privé et non gouvernemental ainsi qu’aux chercheur·e·s qui souhaitent s’approprier des méthodes et outils pour intégrer le genre dans la gestion des pandémies.


Plus d'information dans la description de la formation, ici. 

21 September to 13 November 2020 21 September 21 September to 13 November 2020
 

eave no one behind (LNOB) is the underlying principle of the 2030 Agenda. The online training will shed some light on how to target the most vulnerable in our work by applying LNOB in practice. The training was developed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Academy for International Cooperation of GIZ (AIZ).

An interactive and lively learning experience awaits you and your involvement is therefore crucial. Exchange with fellow practitioners, a moderated online forum and assignments will help you to applying LNOB directly in your working environment. International experts will provide input through weekly webinars, answer your questions and share relevant material. The training consists of six modules in form of webinars, which will cover a variety of topics: the concept of LNOB, LNOB lobbying & advocacy, current challenges and entry points, LNOB project planning/ implementation/ monitoring & evaluation, as well as LNOB action planning. Useful tools and instruments will complement the training resources.

You will have the opportunity to work in small groups according to your interests and thematic areas. You are invited to bring in your individual expertise. An online facilitator will accompany you throughout the whole learning experience.

The course is designed and open for international and national GIZ and SDC staff as well as for development practitioners representing bilateral and multilateral donor institutions as well as NGOs or national and local partner institutions.

The total course duration is 8 weeks and the online training takes place from 21 September to 13 November 2020.

   Costs: The online training is offered for 650,00 Euro for GIZ employees and 760,00 Euro for external participants. For participants from SDC, special conditions apply.

          Registration deadline is extended until the 21st of August 2020! The registration form is available for download on the right hand side.

18 September 2020 online 18 September to 18 September 2020 online 18 September online
 
All information for this event 2020-09 Gender Learning Day
27 August to online 27 August online 27 August 2020 online

The community of practice of SGBV aims at sharing and exchanging on the work of SDC with SGBV: the policy framework, the operational concept and the experience with SGBV. Different online sessions and discussion will dive into various topics in more detail such as understanding the SGBV landscape, one stop crisis management centre, women and girls safe space or how to link child protection to SGBV. 


All information on this group can be found here 2020-08 CoP SGBV
09 March to 09 March 2020 09 March 09 March 2020
 

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal UN body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. All member states meet yearly for a 2-week session in March in New York to discuss issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Each year a selected topic is discussed in-depth, while all five years – as in 2020 – a general review on progress in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA) is held. This year is special as it marks the 25th anniversary of the BDPfA, the most comprehensive global agenda for women and girl’s rights in all areas of life.

However, to curb the spread of COVID-19, the 64th session of CSW has been reduced to a procedural meeting on 9 March to adopt the Political Declaration, with all other events cancelled. Negotiations for a Joint Declaration have been difficult in the context of increasing conservative trends. Switzerland was actively engaged to maintain a strong language in our priority themes – violence against women, women’s economic empowerment, women’s participation, data and statistic, equal pay und unpaid care and domestic work –  as well as to mainstream references to human rights throughout the text. We believe the text shows clear improvements compared to the Declaration from 2015 in regard to our priority themes and human rights references.

To celebrate the BDPfA’s 25th anniversary, UN Women – together with the two host countries Mexico and France – will convene a civil society-led global gathering for gender equality (the so-called Generation Equality Forum) in July in Paris. The Forum will bring multi-stakeholder actors together, especially young people, to chart forward a fresh and bold feminist agenda. Similarly, the Forum seeks to bring together a group of allied countries to create a multilateral gender-progressive partnership around a set of prioritised actions (so-called "Action Coalitions"). Discussions are in progress.

30 January 2020 in Bern 30 January to 30 January 2020 in Bern 30 January in Bern
 

Female empowerment and financial inclusion in rural Rwanda: A story about bridging theory and practice.

The ongoing project on Economic Empowerment of Rural Women and Youth in through Access to Finance  demonstrates the steps from research to practice.The project targets agricultural casual workers who belong to the poorest population in Rwanda. Agricultural casual work is a poverty trap, as workers need to save money to open up new income-generating possibilities. The project paves the way to formal financial institutions and to skill acquisition. Moreover, it provides agricultural casual workers a pathway out of poverty.

The atelier genre facilitates a dialogue on gendered financial inclusion, new income-generating possibilities, and the implementation of research results into practice. 

The event is co-organized with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG) / University of Bern.

The event will take place on Thursday 30 January 2020

From: 16.15 to 17.45 h.

At Effingerstrasse 27-29, 3003 Bern, 1. UG, 27.E31 «Europa»

For interested cooperation offices we offer a live connection. Please registherefore until the 28 January.


12 December 2019 in online 12 December to 12 December 2019 in online 12 December in online
 

The SDC e+i and gender networks launch the learning journey “WEE Learn”. In the next few weeks we would like to deepen our exchanges on WEE. Please join us for the Webinar on the Business Case for WEE

Date: Thursday 12 December 2019 at 14:00-15:00 Swiss time (convert to your time zone).





To the SDC, Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) is beyond ticking of a box. Plenty of studies and annual financial reports of gender diverse companies give proof that it is also a business case. Women can be economically empowered as entrepreneurs, as clients, as managers and as employees. Would you like to better understand the business case for strengthening women as entrepreneurs or for improving their working conditions as employees?

Then please join us for this webinar to learn about SDC’s existing guidance on WEE and to hear about concrete experiences showcasing the business case for WEE in Guatemala and Uganda, both benefiting from support by SDC’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme:

Joseph Nkandu, Executive Director of the National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) in Uganda, will share how women’s empowerment alongside men’s has contributed to increase productivity and income in the Ugandan coffee sector as well as profitability of his company NUCAFE.



Rachel Murphy, Strategy and Innovation Coordinator at ALTERNA, a Social Entrepreneur Accelerator, will provide insight how a targeted programme helped female entrepreneurs in Guatemala overcoming biases when pitching their business idea and thereby ensuring more funding for their enterprises

05 December 2019 in Bern Effingerstrasse 27 Krisenraum 05 December to 05 December 2019 in Bern Effingerstrasse 27 Krisenraum 05 December in Bern Effingerstrasse 27 Krisenraum
 

The topic of this year's international 16 Days campaign is #ILOendGBV. The campaign draws attention to the new ILO Convention "Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work". The SDC is committed to zero tolerance of sexual assault. Protection against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) is therefore an important concern of the SDC. From the beginning of next year, PSEAH will also become a mandatory part of the Partner Risk Assessment. Two Swiss NGOs will present their mechanisms in order to prepare their colleagues and to demonstrate what a good PSEAH policy of an organisation is. 

When: December 5th, 10:00-11:15

Where: Effingerstrasse 27, Bern, Krisenraum




02 December 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 02 December to 02 December 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 02 December in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1
 

18,500 people in Switzerland were affected by domestic violence last year. The exhibition presents the topic with creative means and shows how the cycle of violence can be broken. The exhibition will be guided by representatives of counselling centers and the cantonal police (KAPO Bern).

When: 10h-13.30h

Where: Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1

Limited number of participants. Kindly register by email: martina.waldis@eda.admin.ch. 

28 November 2019 in Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023 28 November to 28 November 2019 in Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023 28 November in Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023
 

Since 2017, sexual and gender-based violence has been a priority of the SDC, especially for the humanitarian aid. The vast majority of victims of this violence are women and girls. However, research in the Syrian crisis, Afghanistan, Cox Bazaar (Rohingya refugees) and among refugees from Libya has shown that sexual violence is also used against men and boys. At this event, researchers and activists will discuss the effects of violence on the victims and their families, as well as previous advocacy successes and the challenges of working with this taboo. 


When: November 28th, 10:15h-11:45h

Where: Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023

25 November 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 25 November to 25 November 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 25 November in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1
 

18,500 people in Switzerland were affected by domestic violence last year. The exhibition presents the topic with creative means and shows how the cycle of violence can be broken. The exhibition will be guided by representatives of counselling centers and the cantonal police (KAPO Bern).

When: 17.15h-18.45h 

Where: Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1

Limited number of participants. Kindly register by email: martina.waldis@eda.admin.ch. 

Another guided tour will take place on 2.12.19 / 12.10h-13.30h    



18 September to 18 September 2019 18 September 18 September 2019
 

This year, the Gender Learning Day 2019 was held as a conference, organized by cfd – the feminist peace organization, PeaceWomen Across the Globe (PWAG) and the Swiss Platform for Peacebuilding KOFF in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on the topic Women, Peace and Security: Reclaim Prevention!

Find all information on this event here.
15 July to 02 August 2019 in Bern 15 July in Bern

The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program in development evaluation. This training program brings together global expertise in development evaluation to build foundational and advanced knowledge and skill in evaluation. 

Find all information on the training here.

02 May to 03 May 2019 in Bern 02 May in Bern
Join us from 2 May to 3 May 2019 in Villa Stucki, Bern for our Training of the Trainers! 
Find all information on this event here.
28 April to 01 May 2019 in Bern 28 April in Bern

Join us from 28 April - 1 May 2019 in Konolfingen nearby Bern for our long over-due Gender only Face 2 Face!

Find all information on this event here.

04 April to 04 April 2019 04 April 04 April 2019

Our monthly GenderNet meetings at headquarters inform about on-going activities within our GenderNet, and provide the opportunity to get to know other Gender Equality Focal Points at SDC, and peers to collaborate. 

The invitation is sent out through mail if you are on the GenderNet-list. Reach out to Selina or Ursula in case you are interested to join. 

This meeting will take place on April 4th, 14.30 - 16.00, A2019.  

The OHCHR and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Committee), in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and UN WOMEN will hold a panel   discussion on during the Committee’s 72nd Session under the theme   "Strengthening synergies between CEDAW and Women, Peace and Security   Resolutions". This side event will highlight the increasing reporting on  WPS in State Party reports to the CEDAW Committee, sustain the advocacy and further strengthen the synergies between CEDAW and WPS. 

Find all information on this event here.

12 February to 12 February 2019 12 February 12 February 2019
 

The second regional online exchange on what is going on in SASIA on gender equality is taking place through lync on February 12th, from 9.30-11.30 am (Swiss time). You can find the presentation on Gendermainstreaming in the PCM here

Find also other mentioned links: 

11 February to 31 May 2019 11 February 11 February to 31 May 2019

Share your thoughts and opinion on the Swiss Foreign Policy through AVIS 28 - especially when it comes to the Gender Perspective in our Foreign Policy: 

Join the discussion here

09 January 2019 in Bern 09 January to 09 January 2019 in Bern 09 January in Bern

Find all information on this event here.

04 December to 07 December 2018 in Harare 04 December in Harare

Find all information on this event here.

25 November to 10 December 2018 25 November 25 November to 10 December 2018

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

Find more information on the campaign here

22 November 2018 in Geneva 22 November to 22 November 2018 in Geneva 22 November in Geneva

The official launch of the 4th Swiss National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security provides an opportunity to give the floor to high-level representatives, experts and local civil society organisations to highlight their work on gender equality, peace and security.

15 November to 15 November 2018 15 November 15 November 2018

This webinar aims to introduce ‘intersectionality’ to researchers working on applied agriculture and natural resource management research who are unfamiliar with the term and/or unsure about how to apply them in their research. Practitioners and policymakers who are concerned with using data, evidence and analyses to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ – one of the core promises of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development – would also find this webinar to be useful.

Find more information on this event here.

02 November 2018 in Bern 02 November to 02 November 2018 in Bern 02 November in Bern

Lack of access to financial services reduces women's ability to climb out of poverty, increases their risk of falling into poverty, contributes to women's marginalization to the informal sector, and reduces their ability to fully engage in measurable and productive economic activities. According to recent surveys, across the developing countries 46% of men have a formal account compared to only 37% of women do, with a persistent gender gap of 6 to 9 percentage points across income groups within developing economics. 

SDC's Focal Points on Employment and Income (e+i) and on Gender have come together to organize this Savings and Credit Forum on Women's Financial Inclusion. 

Find more information on this event here. 

01 November 2018 in Bern 01 November to 01 November 2018 in Bern 01 November in Bern

Women are still highly under-represented in the global labour market. What exactly do we need to do to empower women economically worldwide? What are effective tools? And how can we implement women’s economic empowerment within Swiss corporates? 

These are the questions we will attempt to answer during a high-level conference organized by foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), in collaboration with Global Compact Network Switzerland.

Find more information on this event here.

26 September to 26 September 2018 26 September 26 September 2018

This webinar is aimed at SDC staff. It introduces results from the annual status report on gender equality 2017 and from the report on effectiveness. In a second step, it provides important information on how to integrate gender results in the annual reports 2018.

Find all information on this event here

20 September 2018 in Bern 20 September to 20 September 2018 in Bern 20 September in Bern

The Gender Learning Day 2018 had a focus on effectiveness in the field of gender equality as well as on gender analysis.

Find all information on this event here.


04 September to 06 September 2018 04 September 04 September to 06 September 2018

This webinar, followed by a consecutive e-discussion was held in order to expand knowledge on women's financial inclusive initiatives and gain more insights from the field. The two topics discussed in the e-discussion where "Digitalization" and "Social Norms, the role of men and women's financial inclusion".

It was a joint initiative from the gender and e+i focal points.

Find all information on this event here.

17 August to 17 August 2018 17 August 17 August 2018

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07 June to 08 June 2018 in Basel 07 June in Basel

On 7 and 8 June 2018 the first International Conference on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender and Development was held in Switzerland. Called “Men Move”, it focused on policy debates and good practices.

Find all information on this event here.

26 April to 26 April 2018 26 April 26 April 2018

Find all infomation on this event here.

16 April to 16 April 2018 16 April 16 April 2018

The aim of this discussion was to explore the current practices of SDC, other donors and general development actors in order to design a programming framework, guidelines and support tools for network members to strengthen their programme and project efforts.

Find all information on this event here. 

15 March 2018 in New York 15 March to 15 March 2018 in New York 15 March in New York

The event “Harnessing the SDGs to Secure Women’s Rights to Land” will foster dialogue on advancing and strengthening women’s land rights. It will also give an overview of the SDG indicator 5.a.2 and the methodology.

Find all information on this event here.

14 March 2018 in New York 14 March to 14 March 2018 in New York 14 March in New York

This event aims to generate ideas on concrete steps that development partners, governments and civil society can take to strengthen the quality of support to women in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. To this end, the discussion will bring together civil society, governments and international actors representing and/or working to support women’s contributions to peace processes and conflict resolution.

Find all information on this event here.

14 March 2018 in New York 14 March to 14 March 2018 in New York 14 March in New York

The side event identifies challenges and opportunities to enable women to have an equal voice to men in rural institutions and organizations. It provides a space to share and discuss innovative approaches to improve women’s participation in rural communities, particularly at decision-making level in local governance.

Find all information on this event here.

08 March 2018 in Bern 08 March to 08 March 2018 in Bern 08 March in Bern

Women in Displacement, 8 March, 18h at the Historic Museum Bern

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Federal Commission on Migration (FCM) and the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland host a panel discussion on “Women in Displacement” on 8 March 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. The event takes place within the framework of the “DISPLACED” exhibition currently on display in the Historischen Museum in Bern.

For further information on the topic, see the Interview with Ursula Keller on displaced women.

02 November to 03 November 2017 in Paris 02 November in Paris
Find all information on this event here.


06 October 2017 in Nairobi 06 October to 06 October 2017 in Nairobi 06 October in Nairobi

Find all information on this event here.

04 October to 05 October 2017 in Nairobi 04 October in Nairobi

The aim of the workshop was to integrate Gender and CSPM in a systematic manner into analysis and programming. While working with specific projects from the HoA portfolio representing the different countries (Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia) and thematic domains (food security, governance, health and migrations) the additional objective was also to give inputs for the finalization of the new HoA cooperation strategy (especially theory of change and monitoring).

Find all information on this event here.

28 September 2017 in Bern 28 September to 28 September 2017 in Bern 28 September in Bern

In this Savings and Credit Forum we had the opportunity to exchange and learn from experienced experts and get the latest update on what is happening in savings mobilization, the “forgotten half” of microfinance.

Find all information on this event here.

20 September 2017 in Bern 20 September to 20 September 2017 in Bern 20 September in Bern

The Gender Learning Day 2017 focused on unpaid care work, SGBV and gender in monitoring and reporting.

Find all information on this event here.

15 March 2017 in New York 15 March to 15 March 2017 in New York 15 March in New York

The unequal distribution of unpaid care work is a critical factor for understanding structural constraints to women’s economic empowerment, and participation and leadership more broadly. The side event discusses the different aspects of unpaid care work and shares strategies and practical approaches to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work in order to advance the implementation of the specific target 5.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Find all information on this event here.

06 December 2016 in Bern 06 December to 06 December 2016 in Bern 06 December in Bern

This panel discussion is a joint event of the Embassy of Canada and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Find all information on this event here.

30 May to 03 June 2016 in Lausanne 30 May in Lausanne

In this year’s F2F some 120 participants from SDC, partners and other experts discussed issues of gender equality, justice, peace and statebuilding and SDC’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda.This F2F provided a unique and timely opportunity to jointly reflect and discuss what the new Agenda 2030 means for SDC, to capitalise the learnings from the field and define new work streams and priorities for 2016-2018 in order to support SDG implementation - to share, think, reflect, exchange the different perspectives and learn together on gender equality, justice, peace and state building.

Find all information on this event here. 

23 May to 24 May 2016 in Istanbul 23 May in Istanbul
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25 April to 25 April 2016 25 April 25 April 2016
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20 October 2015 in Bern 20 October to 20 October 2015 in Bern 20 October in Bern

TRAVERSE will discuss the requirements for promoting gender-responsive public finances and an enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment in development cooperation and the domestic Swiss context.

Find all information on this event here.

15 September to 16 September 2015 15 September 15 September to 16 September 2015

The first E-Discussion on Gender & Fiscal Decentralisation was followed by a second one on GENDER and TAXATION in September. This discussion focused on the gendered impacts of tax policy and tax administration. The potential methods of engagement for development partners was discussed as a cross-cutting topic.

Find all information on this event here.

09 September 2015 in Geneva 09 September to 09 September 2015 in Geneva 09 September in Geneva

This conference will critically review the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and explore new approaches and strategies to move forward. It will examine three interconnected issues related to women, peace and security.

Find all information on this event here.


05 May to 15 May 2015 05 May 05 May to 15 May 2015

In 2015 there were two joint E-Discussions among two different SDC-networks around Gender & Finances, the Gendernet as well as the Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network (DDLGN). In May there was a stock-take on GENDER and FISCAL DECENTRALISATION. This exchange focused on the gender dimension in intergovernmental fiscal transfer schemes. Given this theme is a ‘frontier topic’ with limited conceptual development and references to country cases, the consultation was framed as a ‘stock-take’ with the aim to build up a first information base.

Find all information on this event here.

23 April 2015 in Bern 23 April to 23 April 2015 in Bern 23 April in Bern

For SDC, improving and measuring gender results is a key topic – both as a major challenge in our operational work and in view of our commitments for gender equality and a strong monitoring framework in the post-2015 agenda. The event provides an opportunity to reflect on how SDC can support countries in building up strong data bases to more effectively address discriminatory social institutions and to implement and measure progress towards gender equality goals and targets in the new development framework.

Find all information on this event here.

11 November 2014 in Bern 11 November to 11 November 2014 in Bern 11 November in Bern

The event takes place in the context of the Swiss hosted donor conference of UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict and is part of the event series “Women and Girls in Conflict, Crisis and Disaster” of the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs which allows a wider dialogue on women’s rights in conflict, crises and disaster.

Find all information on this event here.

01 June to 06 June 2014 in Bern 01 June in Bern

The Gender Equality Network of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) organised its first thematic event in June 2014, gathering SDC collaborators and partners from all over the world for a face-to-face (F2F) meeting. The overall aim of the F2F event was to analyse and learn more about linkages between gender, land and rural economy in the context of Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Agenda as well as to share tools and experiences on SDC’s Gender Mainstreaming.

Find all information on this event here.






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05 July to 09 July 2021 online 05 July online
 

The Gender Unit of SDC is excited to re-announce the Gender and Economics Training at NADEL, a leading education and research institution in the realm of international development in Zurich, Switzerland. The training will be taking place in the week of July 5th-9th, 2021 in an online format. The detailed schedule is in preparation. 

The training is based on the UN Women Gender and Economics Training Manual, UN Women and three leading feminist economist will strengthen the capacity of the participants on the importance of gender-responsive economic policy. More specifically, this course will: 

  • Introduce participants to economics in general and present feminist approaches to macroeconomics, microeconomics and international economics.
  • Expose participants to critical analyses of global and regional economic trends, including those related to economic crises.
  • Enhance the skills of participants in understanding key issues of gender-responsive economic policy for programme design and policymaking, and
  • Strengthen the capacity of participants to network with other development practitioners, scholars and policymakers.  

This course requires you to be fluent in English. The Gender Unit of SDC will pay for your course fee (if you are a Gender Focal Point at SDC).  

Please note, the number of participants is limited and you can register through Selina.haeny@eda.admin.ch until January 31st 2021. First come, first served. 

Find out more on NADEL here. 


01 March to 01 December 2021 in Cotonou, Dakar, Ougadougou 01 March in Cotonou, Dakar, Ougadougou

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Plus d'information ici.

01 January to 31 December 2021 01 January 01 January to 31 December 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic brings with it many uncertainties, and therefore no events are planned at the moment. We hope to mitigate the situation so that we can resume our events soon.


SDC “Training of Trainers”

The SDC “Training of Trainers” (ToT) has been shifted to end of January 2021.


Gender and Economics Training tentatively June/July 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland

Do you like to improve your gender and economic knowledge? The Gender Unit of SDC is excited to announce this special Gender and Economics Training at NADEL, ETH Zurich, Switzerland spring semester 2021. Based on the UN Women Gender and Economics Training Manual, UN Women and three leading feminist economist will strengthen the capacity of the participants on the importance of gender-responsive economic policy. 

01 December to 03 December 2020 online 01 December online

Key messages to HQ and SCO management



  • Mainstreaming GESI in projects and programs is not a merge of the gender equality and social inclusion agenda but a recognition of their large overlap and a use of the existing potential for synergies. Gender equality will remain (with governance) one of the 2 transversal topics of SDC, gender is a must.

  • A good understanding of the root causes of inequalities, exclusion and discrimination is crucial for integrating GESI. Therefore, plan enough time and resources for the GESI analysis, and ensure strong management commitment not only for the analysis but also in translating the findings into a good design, sensitive implementation and M&E.

  • There is a need for more engagement and investment in long term capacity development of staff and partners for Gender equality, social inclusion / LNOB (It has to be notes that SDC does not make any distinction between social inclusion and Leave no One Behind). Key recommendation:  (1) develop a long term strategy for capacity development of SDC staff and partner organisations, (2) This strategy should integrate Monitoring and Evaluation of GESI with clear progress indicators, (3) the strategy can also focus on building a pool of trained GESI champions or change agents, both in SDC and partners.

  • In order to strengthen its focus on GESI/LNOB, the following topics/issues are of central importance for SDC:






- Engaging more in Social Protection, supporting governments to better address the needs of the most left behind groups.

- Digitalization is a process that is taking place everywhere and that is accelerating during the Covid pandemic, still deepening the inequality impact of the crisis. SDC should play an active role in making digitalization more inclusive.

- There has been more data and studies than ever produced during this crisis, but how to use this data to trigger political will to put GESI more prominently on the policy agenda? Besides, there are still groups (like Roma) for which data are lacking. Data should serve both as a basis for policy influencing/ advocacy, and for evidence-based programming.

- Supporting an enhanced role of CSOs both as service providers to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, but also as human rights watchdogs. 

  • SDC should provide space for innovation and experimenting new approaches to learn about GESI and support GESI champions (partners, CSO, individuals).

  • It is very important to provide and maintain a space for sharing practical experiences, lessons and good practices among focal points on GE/SI from CEE/OZA offices. Your suggestions for sharing or request for support are welcome and can be sent here.




Main learning

  • Gender equality is a very personal matter, deeply imbedded in our lives. This is why behavioral change is so difficult and takes time. As we all have different cultural backgrounds, we also face different challenges in dealing with it.

  • Gender: it is important to strengthen the focus on men and boys. First of all for the sake of equality but also for the fact that many contexts don't allow to tackle inequalities which women suffer from if men are not on board.

  • GESI sensitive analysis and programming have to go beyond the usual development discourse that tends to frame minority communities as « vulnerable », viewing them as an undifferentiated group. Such framing makes it impossible for us as development actor to understand and address specific exclusion issues, and it trap minorities communities in a narrative of “victims" that deny them voice and agency (empowerment). Instead we have to look at specific patterns and their intersectionalities: specific ways in which different discrimination (gender and disability for example) combine and reinforce each other.

  • GESI is a long-term process: we should be modest but have high ambitions, knowing that it will progress with small steps. Mainstreaming GESI can start at any time in the PCM cycle. Preferably at the early stage of a project preparation/design, but better late than never!

  • Because intersectional issues are important for both gender analysis and social inclusion analysis, they are to a large extent overlapping. This is a good news in terms of synergies to be used and parallel exercises to be avoided.

  • Good GESI analysis does not necessarily translate in good project design. We should not put all our efforts in the analysis and think that the job is done. We have to be aware of other factors: our capacities to translate good analysis in good project design, and M&E of GESI, and be aware of unintended changes.

  • The Covid crisis (like all crisis) is disproportionately affecting the most disadvantaged groups. Crisis are also opportunities for change. In this case, it should remind us of our duty to systematically integrate gender equality and social inclusion in our programs.

  • Gender equality and social inclusion is a huge and long-term endeavor. It is very important – and this is also a lesson from the pandemic – to coordinate with other actors, making use of complementarity, division of tasks in order to prioritise.


You find all the relevant documentation on the shareweb of the poverty-wellbeing.  

25 November to 10 December 2020 25 November 25 November to 10 December 2020
 

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a spike in violence against women. In response, activities created by the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December, will take place under the 2020 global theme: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect. All over the world different activities are planned, including the following:


16 DAYS 16 FILMS – Online

Inspired by the UN Women campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Kering Foundation has launched the short film festival, 16 DAYS 16 FILMS. The festival is an initiative that highlights filmed content addressing violence against women. Each year the jury selects 16 films by female filmmakers from hundreds of submissions that explore, emote or educate on a form of violence against women. The short films will be shown on the Kering Foundation and Modern Films websites.

Motherhood and violence – Switzerland

This year, the 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women event in Switzerland will focus on motherhood and violence. Various events in different locations are planned, including flash mobs, exhibitions, city tours and discussion meetings.

SDC’s different actions for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

25.11.2020: To open the 16 days, Patricia Danzi launches a video tool to support sensitization and training of SDC staff about how can we make ourselves fit for PSEAH? Prevention and Protection from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PSEAH) is one important measure to contribute to the reduction of violence against women and to act against abuse of power and gender inequality in international cooperation. SDC firmly promotes zero tolerance of inaction against SEAH and has set clear signs by introducing guidelines and instruments for addressing and responding to SEAH. On the occasion of the International Campaign against Violence against Women, SDC director Patricia Danzi will launch the Kick Off for the next level of implementation of PSEAH sensitization and capacity building in Swiss representations abroad with the support of a new interactive video tool “Fit for PSEAH?”. The tool consists of situations of sexual misconduct in daily work situations in the field and supports staff to reflect on appropriate ways of response by the affected persons, bystanders and management.


25.11-10.12.2020: SDC will also host a social media campaign (and an in-house poster campaign) during the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, starting the November 25th with the International Day Against Violence Against Women until December 10th with the International Human Rights Day.

During 16 days, SDC will show different types of Gender-Based Violence to raise awareness about this issue and its multiples faces, and how does Switzerland engage against GBV.

>>> Follow us and share the posts from 25.11 until 10.12 @SwissDevCoop on Twitter


10.12.2020: 10th of December, the last day of the 16 days campaign, and the international human rights day, the SDC Gender Unit and the Gender Focal point of the Humanitarian Aid Department will conduct a virtual workshop and peer learning event on experiences with applying a community-based psychosocial approach in SGBV work. The focus here is not on individual support to survivors of SGBV, but on psychosocial support and trauma healing for the community as a whole. Community members and groups support SGBV survivors and address the effects of the violence on relationships in the community, thus strengthening collective coping capacities, resilience and solidarity. Participants will gain insights from SDC experience in the Great Lakes region, learn from an expert view, listen to peers experiences from other regions and engage in joint discussion about proven practice and challenges, minimal requirements and joint ambitions to promote such approach in the SDC.

You are kindly invited to register for the workshop until 20. November 2020 to nadia.amri@eda.admin.ch.

04 November to 08 December 2020 online 04 November online
 

Cette formation s’adresse aux responsables et praticien·
ne·s des secteurs public, privé et non gouvernemental ainsi qu’aux chercheur·e·s qui souhaitent s’approprier des méthodes et outils pour intégrer le genre dans la gestion des pandémies.


Plus d'information dans la description de la formation, ici. 

21 September to 13 November 2020 21 September 21 September to 13 November 2020
 

eave no one behind (LNOB) is the underlying principle of the 2030 Agenda. The online training will shed some light on how to target the most vulnerable in our work by applying LNOB in practice. The training was developed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Academy for International Cooperation of GIZ (AIZ).

An interactive and lively learning experience awaits you and your involvement is therefore crucial. Exchange with fellow practitioners, a moderated online forum and assignments will help you to applying LNOB directly in your working environment. International experts will provide input through weekly webinars, answer your questions and share relevant material. The training consists of six modules in form of webinars, which will cover a variety of topics: the concept of LNOB, LNOB lobbying & advocacy, current challenges and entry points, LNOB project planning/ implementation/ monitoring & evaluation, as well as LNOB action planning. Useful tools and instruments will complement the training resources.

You will have the opportunity to work in small groups according to your interests and thematic areas. You are invited to bring in your individual expertise. An online facilitator will accompany you throughout the whole learning experience.

The course is designed and open for international and national GIZ and SDC staff as well as for development practitioners representing bilateral and multilateral donor institutions as well as NGOs or national and local partner institutions.

The total course duration is 8 weeks and the online training takes place from 21 September to 13 November 2020.

   Costs: The online training is offered for 650,00 Euro for GIZ employees and 760,00 Euro for external participants. For participants from SDC, special conditions apply.

          Registration deadline is extended until the 21st of August 2020! The registration form is available for download on the right hand side.

18 September 2020 online 18 September to 18 September 2020 online 18 September online
 
All information for this event 2020-09 Gender Learning Day
27 August to online 27 August online 27 August 2020 online

The community of practice of SGBV aims at sharing and exchanging on the work of SDC with SGBV: the policy framework, the operational concept and the experience with SGBV. Different online sessions and discussion will dive into various topics in more detail such as understanding the SGBV landscape, one stop crisis management centre, women and girls safe space or how to link child protection to SGBV. 


All information on this group can be found here 2020-08 CoP SGBV
09 March to 09 March 2020 09 March 09 March 2020
 

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal UN body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. All member states meet yearly for a 2-week session in March in New York to discuss issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Each year a selected topic is discussed in-depth, while all five years – as in 2020 – a general review on progress in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA) is held. This year is special as it marks the 25th anniversary of the BDPfA, the most comprehensive global agenda for women and girl’s rights in all areas of life.

However, to curb the spread of COVID-19, the 64th session of CSW has been reduced to a procedural meeting on 9 March to adopt the Political Declaration, with all other events cancelled. Negotiations for a Joint Declaration have been difficult in the context of increasing conservative trends. Switzerland was actively engaged to maintain a strong language in our priority themes – violence against women, women’s economic empowerment, women’s participation, data and statistic, equal pay und unpaid care and domestic work –  as well as to mainstream references to human rights throughout the text. We believe the text shows clear improvements compared to the Declaration from 2015 in regard to our priority themes and human rights references.

To celebrate the BDPfA’s 25th anniversary, UN Women – together with the two host countries Mexico and France – will convene a civil society-led global gathering for gender equality (the so-called Generation Equality Forum) in July in Paris. The Forum will bring multi-stakeholder actors together, especially young people, to chart forward a fresh and bold feminist agenda. Similarly, the Forum seeks to bring together a group of allied countries to create a multilateral gender-progressive partnership around a set of prioritised actions (so-called "Action Coalitions"). Discussions are in progress.

30 January 2020 in Bern 30 January to 30 January 2020 in Bern 30 January in Bern
 

Female empowerment and financial inclusion in rural Rwanda: A story about bridging theory and practice.

The ongoing project on Economic Empowerment of Rural Women and Youth in through Access to Finance  demonstrates the steps from research to practice.The project targets agricultural casual workers who belong to the poorest population in Rwanda. Agricultural casual work is a poverty trap, as workers need to save money to open up new income-generating possibilities. The project paves the way to formal financial institutions and to skill acquisition. Moreover, it provides agricultural casual workers a pathway out of poverty.

The atelier genre facilitates a dialogue on gendered financial inclusion, new income-generating possibilities, and the implementation of research results into practice. 

The event is co-organized with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG) / University of Bern.

The event will take place on Thursday 30 January 2020

From: 16.15 to 17.45 h.

At Effingerstrasse 27-29, 3003 Bern, 1. UG, 27.E31 «Europa»

For interested cooperation offices we offer a live connection. Please registherefore until the 28 January.


12 December 2019 in online 12 December to 12 December 2019 in online 12 December in online
 

The SDC e+i and gender networks launch the learning journey “WEE Learn”. In the next few weeks we would like to deepen our exchanges on WEE. Please join us for the Webinar on the Business Case for WEE

Date: Thursday 12 December 2019 at 14:00-15:00 Swiss time (convert to your time zone).





To the SDC, Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) is beyond ticking of a box. Plenty of studies and annual financial reports of gender diverse companies give proof that it is also a business case. Women can be economically empowered as entrepreneurs, as clients, as managers and as employees. Would you like to better understand the business case for strengthening women as entrepreneurs or for improving their working conditions as employees?

Then please join us for this webinar to learn about SDC’s existing guidance on WEE and to hear about concrete experiences showcasing the business case for WEE in Guatemala and Uganda, both benefiting from support by SDC’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme:

Joseph Nkandu, Executive Director of the National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) in Uganda, will share how women’s empowerment alongside men’s has contributed to increase productivity and income in the Ugandan coffee sector as well as profitability of his company NUCAFE.



Rachel Murphy, Strategy and Innovation Coordinator at ALTERNA, a Social Entrepreneur Accelerator, will provide insight how a targeted programme helped female entrepreneurs in Guatemala overcoming biases when pitching their business idea and thereby ensuring more funding for their enterprises

05 December 2019 in Bern Effingerstrasse 27 Krisenraum 05 December to 05 December 2019 in Bern Effingerstrasse 27 Krisenraum 05 December in Bern Effingerstrasse 27 Krisenraum
 

The topic of this year's international 16 Days campaign is #ILOendGBV. The campaign draws attention to the new ILO Convention "Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work". The SDC is committed to zero tolerance of sexual assault. Protection against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) is therefore an important concern of the SDC. From the beginning of next year, PSEAH will also become a mandatory part of the Partner Risk Assessment. Two Swiss NGOs will present their mechanisms in order to prepare their colleagues and to demonstrate what a good PSEAH policy of an organisation is. 

When: December 5th, 10:00-11:15

Where: Effingerstrasse 27, Bern, Krisenraum




02 December 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 02 December to 02 December 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 02 December in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1
 

18,500 people in Switzerland were affected by domestic violence last year. The exhibition presents the topic with creative means and shows how the cycle of violence can be broken. The exhibition will be guided by representatives of counselling centers and the cantonal police (KAPO Bern).

When: 10h-13.30h

Where: Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1

Limited number of participants. Kindly register by email: martina.waldis@eda.admin.ch. 

28 November 2019 in Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023 28 November to 28 November 2019 in Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023 28 November in Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023
 

Since 2017, sexual and gender-based violence has been a priority of the SDC, especially for the humanitarian aid. The vast majority of victims of this violence are women and girls. However, research in the Syrian crisis, Afghanistan, Cox Bazaar (Rohingya refugees) and among refugees from Libya has shown that sexual violence is also used against men and boys. At this event, researchers and activists will discuss the effects of violence on the victims and their families, as well as previous advocacy successes and the challenges of working with this taboo. 


When: November 28th, 10:15h-11:45h

Where: Freiburgstrasse 130 / A2023

25 November 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 25 November to 25 November 2019 in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1 25 November in Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1
 

18,500 people in Switzerland were affected by domestic violence last year. The exhibition presents the topic with creative means and shows how the cycle of violence can be broken. The exhibition will be guided by representatives of counselling centers and the cantonal police (KAPO Bern).

When: 17.15h-18.45h 

Where: Bern GIBB Lorrainestrasse 1

Limited number of participants. Kindly register by email: martina.waldis@eda.admin.ch. 

Another guided tour will take place on 2.12.19 / 12.10h-13.30h    



18 September to 18 September 2019 18 September 18 September 2019
 

This year, the Gender Learning Day 2019 was held as a conference, organized by cfd – the feminist peace organization, PeaceWomen Across the Globe (PWAG) and the Swiss Platform for Peacebuilding KOFF in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on the topic Women, Peace and Security: Reclaim Prevention!

Find all information on this event here.
15 July to 02 August 2019 in Bern 15 July in Bern

The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program in development evaluation. This training program brings together global expertise in development evaluation to build foundational and advanced knowledge and skill in evaluation. 

Find all information on the training here.

02 May to 03 May 2019 in Bern 02 May in Bern
Join us from 2 May to 3 May 2019 in Villa Stucki, Bern for our Training of the Trainers! 
Find all information on this event here.
28 April to 01 May 2019 in Bern 28 April in Bern

Join us from 28 April - 1 May 2019 in Konolfingen nearby Bern for our long over-due Gender only Face 2 Face!

Find all information on this event here.

04 April to 04 April 2019 04 April 04 April 2019

Our monthly GenderNet meetings at headquarters inform about on-going activities within our GenderNet, and provide the opportunity to get to know other Gender Equality Focal Points at SDC, and peers to collaborate. 

The invitation is sent out through mail if you are on the GenderNet-list. Reach out to Selina or Ursula in case you are interested to join. 

This meeting will take place on April 4th, 14.30 - 16.00, A2019.  

The OHCHR and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Committee), in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and UN WOMEN will hold a panel   discussion on during the Committee’s 72nd Session under the theme   "Strengthening synergies between CEDAW and Women, Peace and Security   Resolutions". This side event will highlight the increasing reporting on  WPS in State Party reports to the CEDAW Committee, sustain the advocacy and further strengthen the synergies between CEDAW and WPS. 

Find all information on this event here.

12 February to 12 February 2019 12 February 12 February 2019
 

The second regional online exchange on what is going on in SASIA on gender equality is taking place through lync on February 12th, from 9.30-11.30 am (Swiss time). You can find the presentation on Gendermainstreaming in the PCM here

Find also other mentioned links: 

11 February to 31 May 2019 11 February 11 February to 31 May 2019

Share your thoughts and opinion on the Swiss Foreign Policy through AVIS 28 - especially when it comes to the Gender Perspective in our Foreign Policy: 

Join the discussion here

09 January 2019 in Bern 09 January to 09 January 2019 in Bern 09 January in Bern

Find all information on this event here.

04 December to 07 December 2018 in Harare 04 December in Harare

Find all information on this event here.

25 November to 10 December 2018 25 November 25 November to 10 December 2018

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

Find more information on the campaign here

22 November 2018 in Geneva 22 November to 22 November 2018 in Geneva 22 November in Geneva

The official launch of the 4th Swiss National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security provides an opportunity to give the floor to high-level representatives, experts and local civil society organisations to highlight their work on gender equality, peace and security.

15 November to 15 November 2018 15 November 15 November 2018

This webinar aims to introduce ‘intersectionality’ to researchers working on applied agriculture and natural resource management research who are unfamiliar with the term and/or unsure about how to apply them in their research. Practitioners and policymakers who are concerned with using data, evidence and analyses to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ – one of the core promises of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development – would also find this webinar to be useful.

Find more information on this event here.

02 November 2018 in Bern 02 November to 02 November 2018 in Bern 02 November in Bern

Lack of access to financial services reduces women's ability to climb out of poverty, increases their risk of falling into poverty, contributes to women's marginalization to the informal sector, and reduces their ability to fully engage in measurable and productive economic activities. According to recent surveys, across the developing countries 46% of men have a formal account compared to only 37% of women do, with a persistent gender gap of 6 to 9 percentage points across income groups within developing economics. 

SDC's Focal Points on Employment and Income (e+i) and on Gender have come together to organize this Savings and Credit Forum on Women's Financial Inclusion. 

Find more information on this event here. 

01 November 2018 in Bern 01 November to 01 November 2018 in Bern 01 November in Bern

Women are still highly under-represented in the global labour market. What exactly do we need to do to empower women economically worldwide? What are effective tools? And how can we implement women’s economic empowerment within Swiss corporates? 

These are the questions we will attempt to answer during a high-level conference organized by foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), in collaboration with Global Compact Network Switzerland.

Find more information on this event here.

26 September to 26 September 2018 26 September 26 September 2018

This webinar is aimed at SDC staff. It introduces results from the annual status report on gender equality 2017 and from the report on effectiveness. In a second step, it provides important information on how to integrate gender results in the annual reports 2018.

Find all information on this event here

20 September 2018 in Bern 20 September to 20 September 2018 in Bern 20 September in Bern

The Gender Learning Day 2018 had a focus on effectiveness in the field of gender equality as well as on gender analysis.

Find all information on this event here.


04 September to 06 September 2018 04 September 04 September to 06 September 2018

This webinar, followed by a consecutive e-discussion was held in order to expand knowledge on women's financial inclusive initiatives and gain more insights from the field. The two topics discussed in the e-discussion where "Digitalization" and "Social Norms, the role of men and women's financial inclusion".

It was a joint initiative from the gender and e+i focal points.

Find all information on this event here.

17 August to 17 August 2018 17 August 17 August 2018

Find all information on this event here.

07 June to 08 June 2018 in Basel 07 June in Basel

On 7 and 8 June 2018 the first International Conference on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender and Development was held in Switzerland. Called “Men Move”, it focused on policy debates and good practices.

Find all information on this event here.

26 April to 26 April 2018 26 April 26 April 2018

Find all infomation on this event here.

16 April to 16 April 2018 16 April 16 April 2018

The aim of this discussion was to explore the current practices of SDC, other donors and general development actors in order to design a programming framework, guidelines and support tools for network members to strengthen their programme and project efforts.

Find all information on this event here. 

15 March 2018 in New York 15 March to 15 March 2018 in New York 15 March in New York

The event “Harnessing the SDGs to Secure Women’s Rights to Land” will foster dialogue on advancing and strengthening women’s land rights. It will also give an overview of the SDG indicator 5.a.2 and the methodology.

Find all information on this event here.

14 March 2018 in New York 14 March to 14 March 2018 in New York 14 March in New York

This event aims to generate ideas on concrete steps that development partners, governments and civil society can take to strengthen the quality of support to women in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. To this end, the discussion will bring together civil society, governments and international actors representing and/or working to support women’s contributions to peace processes and conflict resolution.

Find all information on this event here.

14 March 2018 in New York 14 March to 14 March 2018 in New York 14 March in New York

The side event identifies challenges and opportunities to enable women to have an equal voice to men in rural institutions and organizations. It provides a space to share and discuss innovative approaches to improve women’s participation in rural communities, particularly at decision-making level in local governance.

Find all information on this event here.

08 March 2018 in Bern 08 March to 08 March 2018 in Bern 08 March in Bern

Women in Displacement, 8 March, 18h at the Historic Museum Bern

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Federal Commission on Migration (FCM) and the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland host a panel discussion on “Women in Displacement” on 8 March 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. The event takes place within the framework of the “DISPLACED” exhibition currently on display in the Historischen Museum in Bern.

For further information on the topic, see the Interview with Ursula Keller on displaced women.

02 November to 03 November 2017 in Paris 02 November in Paris
Find all information on this event here.


06 October 2017 in Nairobi 06 October to 06 October 2017 in Nairobi 06 October in Nairobi

Find all information on this event here.

04 October to 05 October 2017 in Nairobi 04 October in Nairobi

The aim of the workshop was to integrate Gender and CSPM in a systematic manner into analysis and programming. While working with specific projects from the HoA portfolio representing the different countries (Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia) and thematic domains (food security, governance, health and migrations) the additional objective was also to give inputs for the finalization of the new HoA cooperation strategy (especially theory of change and monitoring).

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28 September 2017 in Bern 28 September to 28 September 2017 in Bern 28 September in Bern

In this Savings and Credit Forum we had the opportunity to exchange and learn from experienced experts and get the latest update on what is happening in savings mobilization, the “forgotten half” of microfinance.

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20 September 2017 in Bern 20 September to 20 September 2017 in Bern 20 September in Bern

The Gender Learning Day 2017 focused on unpaid care work, SGBV and gender in monitoring and reporting.

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15 March 2017 in New York 15 March to 15 March 2017 in New York 15 March in New York

The unequal distribution of unpaid care work is a critical factor for understanding structural constraints to women’s economic empowerment, and participation and leadership more broadly. The side event discusses the different aspects of unpaid care work and shares strategies and practical approaches to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work in order to advance the implementation of the specific target 5.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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06 December 2016 in Bern 06 December to 06 December 2016 in Bern 06 December in Bern

This panel discussion is a joint event of the Embassy of Canada and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

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30 May to 03 June 2016 in Lausanne 30 May in Lausanne

In this year’s F2F some 120 participants from SDC, partners and other experts discussed issues of gender equality, justice, peace and statebuilding and SDC’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda.This F2F provided a unique and timely opportunity to jointly reflect and discuss what the new Agenda 2030 means for SDC, to capitalise the learnings from the field and define new work streams and priorities for 2016-2018 in order to support SDG implementation - to share, think, reflect, exchange the different perspectives and learn together on gender equality, justice, peace and state building.

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23 May to 24 May 2016 in Istanbul 23 May in Istanbul
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25 April to 25 April 2016 25 April 25 April 2016
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20 October 2015 in Bern 20 October to 20 October 2015 in Bern 20 October in Bern

TRAVERSE will discuss the requirements for promoting gender-responsive public finances and an enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment in development cooperation and the domestic Swiss context.

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15 September to 16 September 2015 15 September 15 September to 16 September 2015

The first E-Discussion on Gender & Fiscal Decentralisation was followed by a second one on GENDER and TAXATION in September. This discussion focused on the gendered impacts of tax policy and tax administration. The potential methods of engagement for development partners was discussed as a cross-cutting topic.

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09 September 2015 in Geneva 09 September to 09 September 2015 in Geneva 09 September in Geneva

This conference will critically review the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and explore new approaches and strategies to move forward. It will examine three interconnected issues related to women, peace and security.

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05 May to 15 May 2015 05 May 05 May to 15 May 2015

In 2015 there were two joint E-Discussions among two different SDC-networks around Gender & Finances, the Gendernet as well as the Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network (DDLGN). In May there was a stock-take on GENDER and FISCAL DECENTRALISATION. This exchange focused on the gender dimension in intergovernmental fiscal transfer schemes. Given this theme is a ‘frontier topic’ with limited conceptual development and references to country cases, the consultation was framed as a ‘stock-take’ with the aim to build up a first information base.

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23 April 2015 in Bern 23 April to 23 April 2015 in Bern 23 April in Bern

For SDC, improving and measuring gender results is a key topic – both as a major challenge in our operational work and in view of our commitments for gender equality and a strong monitoring framework in the post-2015 agenda. The event provides an opportunity to reflect on how SDC can support countries in building up strong data bases to more effectively address discriminatory social institutions and to implement and measure progress towards gender equality goals and targets in the new development framework.

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11 November 2014 in Bern 11 November to 11 November 2014 in Bern 11 November in Bern

The event takes place in the context of the Swiss hosted donor conference of UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict and is part of the event series “Women and Girls in Conflict, Crisis and Disaster” of the Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs which allows a wider dialogue on women’s rights in conflict, crises and disaster.

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01 June to 06 June 2014 in Bern 01 June in Bern

The Gender Equality Network of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) organised its first thematic event in June 2014, gathering SDC collaborators and partners from all over the world for a face-to-face (F2F) meeting. The overall aim of the F2F event was to analyse and learn more about linkages between gender, land and rural economy in the context of Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Agenda as well as to share tools and experiences on SDC’s Gender Mainstreaming.

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