UN Gender Policy Statement - Malawi
6. INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK
To implement the UN Joint Gender Policy successfully a concerted effort
by UN Agencies is required. To achieve the intended objectives, there is
need for the strategies to be built on existing strengths, opportunities
and constraints to support institutionalisation of the coordination process.
A number of events already favour the success of the implementation of
the policy. Among the most notable features are the following:-
There are also, some perceived opportunities which favour the advancement
of gender issues among which are:-
There is a supportive environment shown by the commitment and interest
of Heads of Agencies and Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Malawi.
There is in place a working gender structure - i.e. the UN Gender and Development
Some members of staff of the UN Gender and Development Working Group
are already trained in Gender Mainstrearning,
There are global mandates and policies on gender which govern all agencies,
The above issues will mitigate against making gender a lip-service
Commitment by all UN agencies in Malawi to adopt a gender perspective in
developing Agency policies and programmes,
Existence of a Gender Focal Point in each Agency,
Similarities in agency programme objectives and activities. Particularly
in programmes associated with Poverty Alleviation, Capacity Building, Food
Security and Nutrition, Sustainable Livelihoods and Empowerment of Women,
Advocacy and Networking which complement one another.
Available local resources and management structures within the UN System,
Gov6mment and Non-Governmental Organisations.
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