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GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN LOCAL AUTHORITIES BEST PRACTICES

lundi 20 avril 2020

The initiatives presented in this handbook are drawn from the best practices database of United Nations Human Settlements Programme as well as other databases and websites. The UNHABITAT Best Practices database is fed largely by submissions to the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment. The award has been running for ten years and about 3,000 initiatives have been collected in the process. Some of the thematic categories for the award include Good Governance, Social Inclusion and Gender Equality. In addition, many practices submitted under different categories – for example, Access to Housing or Safety and Security addresses women’s empowerment and directly or indirectly, gender mainstreaming. UN-HABITAT has had a programme on women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1990. The programme has worked with women’s networks, local authorities and their associations (notably the International Union of Local Authorities/United Cities and Local Government) and other United Nations programmes.

The role of gender mainstreaming is to provide technical advice and to enhance the capacity of UN-HABITAT staff and Habitat Agenda partners. Further, UNHABITAT Gender Mainstreaming Unit together with the respective regional offices, and in partnership with UNIFEM, organises competitions on Gender Responsive Municipal Governments in Latin America & Caribbean, and Asia and Pacific regions. Similarly, UN-HABITAT, in collaboration with UNIFEM and Women and Cities International has been organising the Women’s Safety Awards. These and other partnerships have elicited several best practices illustrating how local governments are taking women’s issues into account and supporting women’s participation in local development. Initiatives range from incorporating gender issues to addressing single issues in a particular locality.

The main reason for awards is to motivate documentation and to encourage the development of programmes. In some instances, awards also accord political mileage to initiatives undertaken under difficult political circumstances. Competitions have proved valuable in : Raising awareness about initiatives that may have remained only at a local level Comparing different best practices using common documentation formats and criteria Providing the opportunity to isolate the essential catalytic factors and the elements for success and sustainability Building a body of best practice knowledge that others can learn from Bringing to light enabling policies underlying successful initiatives but also constraining policy factors Increasing political mileage for innovative practices that may not be fully accepted in their home country or district.

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