Siyanda Update: Gender mainstreaming, Issue No. 67, July 2008

Siyanda Update: Gender mainstreaming, Issue No. 67, July 2008

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Jul 2008


In This Issue:

I. Quick Guide: Gender mainstreaming
II. Country Focus: The Czech Republic
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender mainstreaming
IV. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

**Tip: you can quickly find multilingual resources in the Siyanda database by typing the language name in the Search box, then clicking on the Go! button. For example, type "Spanish" for Spanish resources**

I. Quick Guide: Gender mainstreaming
Gender mainstreaming has proven challenging to implement effectively - what can we learn from differing views, experiences and approaches? The following resources are from a selection which have been summarised and included in the Siyanda database:

- Mainstreaming Gender in Social Protection for the Informal Economy, Kabeer, N., January 2008
How can the money spent on social protection measures make more of a difference to the lives of women workers? This book explains how the need for social protection is also shaped by the gender-related constraints that limit women's ability to overcome labour market disadvantages through their own efforts.

- Gender Mainstreaming In Practice: A Toolkit, 3rd Edition 2007 (in English and Russian), Niemanis, A., January 2007
How is gender mainstreaming relevant to the work that I am doing? And, even if I understand its relevance, how am I supposed to implement it? This toolkit addresses these and other questions that are commonly raised by practitioners engaged in public policy and development.

- ILO Participatory Gender Audit (in English, French and Spanish), International Labour Organization (ILO), January 2007
This ILO Gender Audit based on participatory approaches assesses whether internal practices and systems for gender mainstreaming are effective and whether they are being followed.

- Politics of the Possible – Gender Mainstreaming and Organisational Change: Experiences from the Field, Mukhopadhyay, M., Steehouwer, G. and Wong, F., April 2006
This publication aims to capture the process of gender mainstreaming and organisational change in seven organisations from different contexts and to document the challenges encountered and lessons learnt.

- Mainstreaming Gender in Development: A Critical Review, Sweetman, C., August 2005
This volume offers a critical review of gender mainstreaming. It aims to be enabling and practical by suggesting methods which help move past dilemmas into action by identifying solutions.

- Mainstreaming Gender or “Streaming” Gender Away: Feminists Marooned in the Development Business, Mukhopadhyay, M., October 2004
This paper argues that gender mainstreaming has often resulted in gender equality work becoming very technical - focused on developing frameworks, planning tools and checklists to integrate gender equality concerns into development work rather than pursuing more political goals concerned with transforming unequal power relations between women and men.

You can find additional resources on Gender Mainstreaming in Siyanda at:

Food Security will be the next Quick Guide theme, in August 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

II. Country Focus: The Czech Republic

- Gender Equality and EU Accession: The Situation in the Czech Republic, Marksová-Tominová, M, January 2008
To what extent has the inclusion of the Czech Republic as a member of the European Union (EU) contributed to improvements in women's rights, particularly in the workplace?

- Career – Family – Equal Opportunities: Studies on Women and Men in the Czech Labour Market, Kuchařová et al., V., Jurajda, S., Münich, d. and Machovcová, K., January 2007
This collection of papers provides the results of studies concerning the position of women and men in the Czech labour market. The papers focus on the challenges faced by parents who are juggling responsibilities for childcare and employment; the gender gap in pay; and the needs of Human Resource managers responsible for drawing up equal opportunities policies.

- Roma Rights: Romani Women's Rights Movement, Various, April 2006
This issue of Roma Rights provides examples of current Romani women's actions and reflections on claiming their rights in the Czech Republic.

- Overview of Gender Equality Issues in the Czech Republic, The Association for Education and Development of Women (ATHENA), January 2006
This overview outlines key issues in relation to equal opportunities for women and men in the Czech Republic; describes the charters, conventions and laws that exist to promote equal opportunities; and identifies the organisations responsible.

- Reducing Poverty and Social Exclusion: Czech Republic (in English and Czech), Potucek, M., Mašková, M., Barták, M. and Hák, T., January 2004
This report explores to what extent the Czech Republic has achieved the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly those that relate to gender issues.

You can find more resources about The Czech Republic in Siyanda at:

Malawi will be the next Country Focus, in August 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this country for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the Country Focus archive section:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender mainstreaming.
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have an interest in gender mainstreaming:

- Gender Mainstreaming and Analysis Checklists for Civil Society Project, Frogh, W., 2007
- Gender Mainstreaming Tools for Government, Employers and Workers Organisations in Tanzania (I and II), Abeynayake, A., 2003 & 2004. Translated into Kiswahili, 2007
- Gender Mainstreaming in Institutions: Challenges from the Grassroots, Thekkudan, J., 2007
- Gender Mainstreaming Case Studies. Work Package 6 for the project - Enlargement, Gender and Governance: The Civic and Political Participation and Representation of Women in the EU Candidate Countries, Simerska, L., 2005
- Mainstreaming Gender into NGO Work: A Case Study from Nigeria, Daniel, P., July 2002
- Gender Mainstreaming: Good Practices from the Asia Pacific Region, Gibb, H., 2001

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,300 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focused consultancies.

- Search the database:

IV. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Elaine Mercer)

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