UN Gender Policy Statement - Malawi
3. JOINT GENDER POLICY STATEMENT
3.1 POLICY GOALS
3.2 POLICY OBJECTIVES
3.3 GUIDING PRINCIPLES
3.1 POLICY GOALS
The Overall Goal of the UN Joint Gender Policy Statement directly relates
to the Mission Statement of the UN which focuses on mainstrearning Gender
in All UN and National Development Policies and Programmes.
The Goals of the UN Joint Gender Policy Statement are:-
3.2 POLICY OBJECTIVES:-
To enhance the coordination, relevance and effectiveness of the support
of UN agencies to government and other partners in the processes of integrating
a gender perspective in development policies and programmes in order to
ensure that the needs of women and the girl child, (the primary stakeholders
in poverty alleviation initiatives), as well as their empowerment are given
adequate attention in UN supported projects and programmes; and
The creation of a positive gender responsive work environment within UN
agencies in which gender related issues and
concerns will be dealt with effectively to promote gender equality at the
The Objectives of the UN Joint Gender Policy Statement are:-
3.3 GUIDING PRINCIPLES:-
Laying guidelines for developing joint mechanisms and procedures aimed
at strengthening the gender sensitivity and responsiveness of UN Agencies
so that they can respond more effectively to the internal gender concerns.
Establishing mechanisms for joint coordination and cooperation among UN
Agencies in respect of the support given to government and NGO partners
with a view of integrating a gender peFSpective in national development
Identification of common gender related development objectives of common
interest to UN agency country programmes and provision of a mechanism for
a joint support for an effective institutional framework as well as forming
partnerships with other stakeholders.
Supporting the implementation and monitoring of the priorities in the National
Platform for,action with special focus on the empowerment of women and
the promotion of their rights.
Identification and sharing of resources among and within UN Agencies, and
with donor organisations for gender- related activities.
Suggesting indicators for joint monitoring of UN Agencies'common internal
gender perspective, gender sensitivity and gender responsiveness.
The following guiding principles are considered necessary for an effective
policy and to achieve the objectives of the UN Joint Gender Policy Statement:-
There is need for effective coordination between the UN agencies and government
and NGOs in the national efforts to integrate a gender perspective in development
policies and programmes;
Coordination will require continuous commitment of the Heads of Agencies,
and a willingness to experiment with new alternatives in addressing pervasive
In the context of Malawi, a gender perspective is not incompatible with
and does not exclude gender specific programmes. Such an approach is a
recognition that the situation and position of women as well as men in
Malawi will need special attention as already recognised in some government
sector policy statements
For the success of the gender specific programmes, it is vital that the
impact of existing "traditional" gender arrangements and relations at all
levels and in all sectors, be clearly understood so that the strategic
and practical gender needs for the empowerment of women can equally be
taken into account.
The primary stakeholders for the UN Joint Gender Policy Intervention are,
in particular, women and the girl child.
Presently, and in general, the gender responsiveness and sensitivity of
the political, social, cultural and economic environment, and the institutional
framework in which gender policies and programmes are to be developed and
implemented, are also of concern.
In order to successfully integrate a gender perspective, it is necessary
to recognise and accept that there are conceptual, and analytical aspects
of Gender and Development (GAD), as a technical discipline in development
and that it is incumbent on UN staff and partner organisations to acquire
this technical knowledge to equip them with an important base of practical
skills needed for integrating a gender perspective.
UN agencies require institutional capacity in terms of gender sensitivity
and awareness, technical knowledge and skills, as well as gender responsive
mechanisms and programmes to be able to respond to internal gender issues
and concerns which may arise in the process of agencies' everyday work.
This capacity shall be developed.
Finally, the Malawi Government having fully acceded to the UN Convention
on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, recognises
the need to clear obstacles that may impede the full realisation of women's
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