DRC, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe awarded for trailblazing work in favor of gender equalityJun 5, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held its Gender Seal Awards Ceremony on Monday 5 June to recognize of country offices' work in advancing gender equality. The event was held at the Asia Society, in New York City, as a prelude to a three-day Global Gender retreat organized by UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS).
In attendance were UNDP Regional Directors Haolian Xu (Asia-Pacific); Mourad Wahba (Arab States); Jessica Faieta (Latin America and the Caribbean), Resident Representatives and senior managers from participating country offices.
Launched in 2009 the Gender Equality Seal certification recognizes efforts made in conjunction governments, civil society and the private sector with to eliminate gender-based pay gaps; increase women’s roles in decision-making; enhance work-life balance; enhance women’s access to non-traditional jobs; eradicate sexual harassment at work; and use inclusive, non-sexist communication.
Since the last Gender Seal Awards in 2015, 18 countries from the Regional Bureau for Africa undertook the voluntary UNDP Gender Seal certification exercise, including 5 of the 10 countries currently in crisis or post-crisis situation.
“We are very proud of these achievements. They demonstrate of our commitment to enhance the quality of development results through mainstreaming gender equality and we commend all the RBA country offices for their efforts”, said Deputy Regional Director for Africa Ruby Sandhu-Rojon.
Presiding over the ceremony, BPPS Director Magdy Martinez-Soliman underscored the importance of the certification exercise as a “clear roadmap to promote gender equality in the workplace and enhance organizational effectiveness to better deliver gender equality results in our development work”.
This year, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda and Uganda Country offices were awarded gold, the highest level of certification.
The DRC Country office was recognized for its efforts in supporting a legislation that bought about a 33% drop in gender-based violence in the country. The Rwanda Country Office for championing the innovative YouthConnekt programme, which is credited with helping change stereotypes about women’s technology savviness; and Uganda was awarded for its work in mainstreaming gender concerns in fields such as energy and natural resources management, mining and infrastructure.
Benin, Senegal, Tanzania and Zimbabwe achieved silver certification and 7 other countries (Burkina Faso, Guinea, Lesotho, Niger, Madagascar Sierra Leone and South Sudan) were awarded a bronze certification.
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