Gender Mainstreaming Tools: Questions and checklists to use across the programme management cycle

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This document was written to facilitate the process of mainstreaming gender across Oxfam's programme management cycle. It is a compilation of checklists of key issues and questions that should be addressed in all programme and campaign work. It does not pretend to constitute a comprehensive guide to gender mainstreaming, and only addresses briefly the institutional (as opposed to the programme) issues that are critical to effective mainstreaming.
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    Gender Mainstreaming Tools Questions and checklists to use across the programme management cycle Compiled by Fiona Gell and Paresh Motla Oxfam GB November 2002      gender_mainstreaming_tools.doc Oxfam GB 2 Contents Introduction 3   1. Oxfam GB’s aims on gender equality  4 2. Gender in the project/programme management cycle  6 -    The cycle: key issues and more detailed guidance 7 -   Appraisal and assessment using ‘Traffic Light’ criteria 11   -   Business, Programme and Project Planning 14   -   Campaign planning 16 -   Writing Policy Papers 18 -   Impact Assessment 19 3. Issue-specific gender considerations 23   - Humanitarian work 24 - Livelihoods work 27   gender_mainstreaming_tools.doc Oxfam GB 3 Introduction  This document has been written to facilitate the process of mainstreaming gender across the programme management cycle. It is a compilation of checklists of key issues and questions that should be addressed   in  all programme and campaign work  . It does not pretend to constitute a comprehensive guide to gender mainstreaming, and only addresses briefly the institutional   (as opposed to the  programme  ) issues that are critical to effective mainstreaming. It begins by clarifying what Oxfam GB aims to achieve in terms of gender equality with regard to its Gender Policy and Strategic Aim 5: the Right to Equity. It then looks at gender in the programme management cycle. This includes: -   key issues to consider at each stage of the project management cycle -   the ‘Traffic Lights’ gender cr iteria for appraising and supporting partners, and for setting and monitoring project objectives -   criteria for assessing the quality of gender mainstreaming in business plans, programme and project proposals -   steps to ensure that campaigns contribute to gender equality -   Mainstreaming gender in policy papers -   assessing impact on gender equality including indicators which can be used across all of Oxfam’s strategic aims  More specific guidance is then given on mainstreaming gender in two of Oxfam GB’s strategic a ims: humanitarian and livelihoods programmes. Hopefully similar guidance can be developed later for the other strategic aims.  The tools have been developed by Oxfam GB’s Policy, Humanitarian, Campaign teams over the last 2 years, and are in various stages of field-testing with regional programmes.  The tools are intended for use by project officers, programme managers, campaigners and programme policy advisers, each of which may find different checklists useful at different times. For example, managers may wish to use the criteria for assessing the quality of gender mainstreaming when they are authorising project funding or developing business plans. Whereas Project Officers are more likely to use tools such as the ‘traffic lights’ when carrying out assessments, or the impact criteria during the annual impact reporting process.  These guidelines are in line with and support Oxfam GB’s general guidance on programme management, which can be found in the Programme Management chapter of the ‘Guide to Mandatory Procedures’, 2002.  We hope that this can be the beginning of a rolling tool kit that can be added to and improved over time so please send your comments and sugge stions for improvements and additions to the Programme Help Desk. The tool kit will be posted on the Oxfam GB intranet Gender and Diversity site with the intention of it being periodically updated.   gender_mainstreaming_tools.doc Oxfam GB 4 Part I What does Oxfam aim to achieve in terms of gender equality? Oxfam GB’s Gender Policy   In May 1993 Oxfam’s Trustees approved the gender policy  . The key objective of the policy was to ensure that Oxfam’s development and emergency programmes take positive action to improve the lives of women and promote gender equality.  To this end Oxfam committed itself to:    promoting the full participation and empowerment of women in programmes and ensuring that Oxfam's programme benefits men and women equally;    confronting the social and ideological barriers to women's participation and encouraging initiatives to improve their status including basic rights;    promoting independent access for women to key resources (eg land, employment), services and facilities;    recognising and helping women exercise their rights over their bodies and protection from violence;  The policy specifies that the above objectives would be achieved by:      ensuring that all emergency and development responses incorporate a gender perspective in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation;    promoting women's access to basic needs, knowledge, education, new skills, and actively encouraging their participation in decision-making;    supporting the development of women's self confidence; strengthening women's organisations/groups, promoting dialogue, and networking;    including a gender perspective in all Oxfam's lobbying and communications work; Oxfam GB’s Strategic Aim 5  - ‘ The Right to Equity: Gender and Diversity’   Within this aim, Strategic Change Objective 5.1. has been defined as ‘  Women and men will enjoy equal rights  ’.   This means that: women and men will enjoy the same rights and entitlements, an equal say in the development process, and the same level of dignity and respect the capacities of women will be recognised as equal to that of men women and men will have the same power to make choices and the same opportunities to act on those choices
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