Gender Mainstreaming of IPA Programming Training Organized

Institut Alternative held a Training on Gender Mainstreaming of IPA Programming and strenghtened capacities of 20 civil servants, as well as representatives of civil society organizations

Co-financed by the European Union

Co-financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Institut Alternative organized a Training on Gender Mainstreaming of IPA (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance) Programming and strengthened the capacities of 20 civil servants, as well as representatives of civil society organizations. 

An overview of the legal framework and policies at the EU level, obligations and guidelines for gender mainstreaming of IPA programming, methodological approaches and tools used in the project preparation process, the use of gender markers – are just some of the topics the participants for familiar with during the training we held on 6 and 7 April in Kolašin.

The aim of the training is to improve the knowledge and skills for the introduction of a gender perspective during each step of the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of IPA programming. Lecturer Višnja Baćanović, who has many years of experience in this field, during the theoretical part presented the steps in gender analysis and defining priorities at the sector level (windows), while participants in the practical part of the training worked on specific examples of action documents and logical frameworks of Montenegrin IPA projects.

As the most useful aspects of the Training, within the evaluation, one of the participants assessed:

’’Interactive participants of all participants in the workshop. Analysis of the logical framework, defining gender markers, additional analysis and formulation of objectives and indicators. How to incorporate gender component.’’.

On the examples of action documents from Montenegro and their logical frameworks, participants had the task to identify the gender aspect, to recognize the gender gap in a certain sector, find the necessary gender statistics and transform gender goals into gender responsible.

The training gathered 20 participants from seven ministries (Ministry of Public Administration, Digital Society and Media, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights, Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Health), the Office for European Integration, and Audit Authority, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations involved in monitoring IPA programming.

When asked how they will use acquired knowledge in further work, one of the participants answered: ’’Through further consultations with relevants experts and representatives of NGOs working in field of gender equality, in order to improve the key strategic documents for IPA III and incorporate the concept of gender equality within them’’.

We organized the training within the project ‘’Early Integration for Gender Equality’’, supported by Reactor – Research in Action and their partners through the Action ‘’Furthering Gender Equality through the EU Accession Process’’. This Action is funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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