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Implementing the PAHO Gender Equality Policy



Elly van Kanten

WDC, 10 November 2009

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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

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National Gender Mainstreaming efforts:(cont’d)

Ministry of EDUCATION

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

  • Research, presentations etc.

    Ministry of AGRICULTURE

  • GM plan (not implemented yet)

    Ministry of HEALTH


  • Several NGO’s, mainly involved in issues of women & development

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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.

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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

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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)

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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

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GM training participants from:

  • Legal dept.

  • NHA

  • NHIS

  • HRM

  • International relations

  • Procurement

  • PR

  • Nursing inspectorate

  • Min. of Home Affairs, NBG

  • etc.

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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)

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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”)