SDC adopts a gender mainstreaming strategy in its efforts to promote gender equality. Gender mainstreaming means that any proposed action is reviewed with respect to its implications for women and men. It aims at promoting gender equality in all different fields such as health, education, resources, political, economic and social participation and decision-making, employment and income as well as combating violence against women and girls. Moreover, it is also about recognising that women and men often have different needs, different interests and aspirations, and hence different priorities. They face different constraints and participate and contribute to development in different ways. Gender mainstreaming strives at recognising these differences while transforming society to accommodate these differences and treat women and men as equals.
Gender Mainstreaming at SDC combines three significant approaches:
SDC Instruments and Tools
Tools and instruments serve to understand the concept of gender mainstreaming and the requirements for its implementation in different contexts; and to spread responsibility for integrating a gender perspective into all activities and policies. The website will facilitate easy access for staff to use and comment on the existing tools, to suggest possible obstacles and tips, and to introduce new ones for discussion. To facilitate capacity building and skills development in gender issues and gender mainstreaming, SDC provides the following set of tools and instruments: Gender in Practice - a toolkit for SDC and its partners Gender and Humanitarian Aid GEM Gender Equality Mainstreaming Checklist (Gender Policy Marker) (French Version, Spanish Version)
SDC How-to-Note on integrating SDC's Gender Policy into Cooperation Strategy Management
SDC Gender Mainstreaming Resources
SDC Gender Reference Indicators
SDC developed thematic reference indicators for the monitoring of the new message 2017-2020. You find the complete list of the suggested Gender Reference Indicators here (in English), here (in French) and here (in Spanish).