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Implementing the PAHO Gender Equality Policy



Elly van Kanten

WDC, 10 November 2009

national gender mainstreaming efforts
National Gender Mainstreaming efforts:


Ministry of HOME AFFAIRS (National Gender Bureau):

  • National Gender Policy -> Integral Gender Action Plan 2006-2010, covering 9 areas, incl. Health
  • Mapping study (in cooperation with Ministry of Planning) ->Gender budgeting -> Paris Declaration -> new Aid Modalities
  • Gender Focal Points in each Ministry
national gender mainstreaming efforts cont d
National Gender Mainstreaming efforts:(cont’d)

Ministry of EDUCATION

(Institute for Women, Gender & Development Studies at the University)

  • Research, presentations etc.


  • GM plan (not implemented yet)

Ministry of HEALTH


  • Several NGO’s, mainly involved in issues of women & development
gender mainstreaming in health
Gender Mainstreaming in Health

Coalition (MoH, PAHO, NGO):

  • was trained in Barbados (July 2008) and in Salzburg (March 2009)
  • made a Plan of Action for GM in Health


to focus on the planning capacity of the MoH.

what was done within moh
What was done (within MoH):

1) Discussion paper

2) Advocacy session with the DDoH

3) Sensitizing session (1 day) for the Planning Unit of the MoH

4) Training in GM (3 days), using PAHO manual

additional activities
Additional activities:
  • Training workshops MoH/UNIFEM/PAHO;

“Capacity building for mainstreaming gender analysis in HIV/AIDS Programming in the Caribbean”

(August 2009) for:

1. Education sector (teachers, curriculum developers)

2. Health sector (front line health workers, HIV nurses)

additional activities cont d
Additional activities (cont’d):
  • Session for PAHO colleagues on “Implementing the Gender Equality Policy in the work of PAHO Suriname” (July 2009)
  • Participate in round table discussions on Aid Modalities
gm training participants from
GM training participants from:
  • Legal dept.
  • NHA
  • NHIS
  • HRM
  • International relations
  • Procurement
  • PR
  • Nursing inspectorate
  • Min. of Home Affairs, NBG
  • etc.
Results :

Participants worked on:

  • Draft PoA for own department
  • Jointly elaborated a plan for 1 issue (NHIS)

Coalition and participants agreed to:

  • Meet regularly (once a month) to prepare and implement a pilot for GM in one area (NHIS or NCD)
follow up
Follow up
  • Implement GEP by integrating 4 lines of action into the PoA of Health Sector plan 2009-2011
  • Provide TA to screen official guiding documents on GM, such as the EPHF and

the national Multi-annual Development Plan 2006-2011

  • Proposal to the DoH for 1 year project (pilot with “extended coalition”)