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Another group of public officers will undergo training in gender awareness and analysis next month when the Bureau of Gender Affairs hosts a three-day workshop.

It will be held from October 11 to 13 at the 3Ws Pavilion, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.?? Participants will focus on a number of areas including the Social Construction of Gender, Gender Roles and Relations, Gender and Sustainable Development, Gender Analysis and Gender Planning.

Those government employees who are interested in participating in the sessions should immediately contact the Bureau of Gender Affairs at 310-2105.

At the end of the training, the participants are expected to, among other things, identify barriers and obstacles men and women face as they attempt to perform their multiple roles; understand how policy is formulated and the extent to which the processes determine the achievement of national development goals; and develop strategies that empower policymakers to incorporate gender in national policies and projects.

Gender mainstreaming is the process of bringing a gender perspective into the normal activities of government at the policy, programme and project levels. It is an integral component of the process for achieving gender equality and sustainable development. This gender training is part of an overall strategy to mainstream gender in all government activities.??

An official of the Bureau explained that the workshops had greatly increased the capacity of officers to operate in this new global environment, where knowledge of gender and gender analysis determined, to some extent, the international ratings of countries, the success or failure of proposals and projects for funding, and the recruitment and promotion of individuals.

"Most international agencies are demanding that governments pay special attention to gender equity and equality. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the agencies of the United Nations and the more recent Millennium Development Goals, have all recognised that there can be no real and sustainable development without gender equality," the official stated.??


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