Gender equality is fundamentally linked to sustainable development and globally accepted as a necessary factor in the promotion of human rights. In the context of local government, gender equality is critical as women, men and people with diverse gender identities face different challenges for full participation, representation and decent work opportunities. Measures that ensure equitable access to resources and basic services are necessary to achieve inclusive and gender-responsive governance.
This course discusses gender dynamics and focuses on the different needs and priorities of women, men, young girls and boys. We will discuss gender-sensitive strategies and tools for gender analysis, mainstreaming gender and gender-responsive budgeting in policies and programmes at the local level. Special attention is given to the involvement of marginalised groups (i.e. women, youth) in development initiatives. The course will also underline how best to engage men and discuss cross-cutting issues of applying a diverse gender perspective (intersectionality), especially in complex cultural and religious or conflict-affected settings.
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