Training on gender for Iraqi partners
By Beesyna Majid, UNDP Iraq
To bridge gaps in gender sensitive planning and service delivery at the sub-national level UNDP Iraq organised a three-week training with Iraqi partners to strengthen and promote better understanding of gender across federal, regional and local levels.
The training organized by UNDP’s Gender unit and facilitated by the Local Area Development Programme, came in response to consultations with the State Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the High Council of Women and State Ministry of Governorate Affairs.
UNDP Iraq prepared an Iraqi focused training package to train Government officials, civil servants and the civil society from Erbil, Sulymaniyah, Babylon, Najaf, Missan, Thi-Qar and Basrah. Through a gender-sensitive lens, the training covered a number of areas including leadership, change management, health, economic empowerment, gender-responsive budgeting, and education. A training of trainers was conducted to identify gender specialists and form a pool of Iraqi gender specialists.
The participants continue to be in touch on-line and the Iraqi gender advisors delivered a condensed version of the training to their colleagues upon return to Iraq.
UNDP Iraq is following up to support these gender advisors in creating a work plan and providing advice as needed.