Conduct Gender Assessment
Ensuring a gender-responsive approach throughout all projects is important, as empowering women and providing them with equal rights and fair treatment is not only beneficial to conservation and development work but is also a human rights issue. Ensuring a gender-responsive approach is a mandatory requirement throughout the project cycle.
What is meant by “gender” and “gender responsive”?
Gender refers to the roles, responsibilities, rights, relationships and identities associated with men and women in a given society and context.
A Gender-responsive approach responds to the needs, priorities, power structures, status and relationships between men and women in the design, implementation and evaluation of activities, so that both genders can benefit equally from an intervention.
How to design a gender-responsive project from the PIF stage
To ensure gender dimensions are properly considered early in project design (PIF stage), the project development teams need to provide “indicative information on gender dimensions relevant to the proposed activity, and how these will be addressed.”
Gender dimensions can be understood through an initial gender assessment (desktop or otherwise). The assessment should identify and describe: gender differences, entry points and gaps relevant to the project, as well as associated risks. This information may be gathered through a review of country policies on gender (or policies with a gender component), and any studies/surveys done in the project scope (e.g., World Bank, UN organizations, Gender Parity Index, Demographic and Health Survey data). Information obtained from gender-sensitive stakeholder consultations can provide useful data that is directly related to the project objectives, to help complete the gender assessment at this stage.
The results of this assessment are used to:
- Create a gender-responsive project design at PIF stage. Information gathered from the assessment is used to integrate gender into the project strategy at PIF stage (e.g., outputs, PPG budget, stakeholder consultation).
- Serve as baseline data to inform a thorough gender analysis and action plan at ProDoc stage, to ensure gender-responsive activities throughout the project design.
When writing the PIF, include:
- A summary of the relevant results obtained in the assessment describing the gender dimensions within the project context;
- The gaps identified in the assessment, that will be filled through a gender analysis at ProDoc stage;
- Potential entry points in the project for gender-responsive actions;
- A description of the various steps that will be taken at ProDoc stage to conduct the gender analysis and produce a gender action plan for the project.
- Use information gathered through initial stakeholder consultations that may provide insights into gender-related issues, gender gaps and dynamics that are particular to the project.