Gender and gender mainstreaming are often equated with women when, in fact, they are about understanding the impact of internal practices on women and men. This course gives the tools necessary to understand where the issue of gender equality enters the equation of management and internal processes.

Effective gender mainstreaming at work can be achieved through aligning internal practice with appropriate assessment techniques, ensuring they are complementary and applied through a gender lens.

This course highlights the main tenets of gender auditing and gender mainstreaming, looking at; evaluation of practices; determining influence on hiring practices; diversity and challenging working practices, policies and programme.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know what gender mainstreaming is about and feel confident communicating about/around gender mainstreaming
  • Understand the different tools and strategies that support gender mainstreaming
  • Understand the reasoning behind gender auditing
  • Learn the main components of gender auditing
  • Define clear communication around gender auditing
  • Takeaway tools and techniques to support a gender action plan
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45

Registration and Morning Refreshments

09:45 - 10:00

Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Main objectives, methodology and components of gender audits

  • Defining gender mainstreaming
  • The vision behind gender auditing: identifying impact on women and men
  • Understanding your organizational culture and politics
  • Assessing readiness
  • Planning and defining the impact wanted (i.e. timeline, internal, external, both)
10:30 - 11:15

Preparing the audit

  • Assessing the resources available
  • Understanding the various stakeholders and their role in successfully implementing gender audit
  • Identifying potential challenges and dealing with the unavoidable
  • Defining the conceptual and methodological framework of the gender audit
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

WORKSHOP: Defining your communication strategy

  • Ensuring clarity
  • Supporting data collection
  • Engagement and participatory process
12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:45

Carrying out the audit

  • Desk review and understanding gender perception within your organization
  • Deciding the best complementary approach: survey, focus groups, etc.
13:45 - 14:30

Supporting the vision

  • Five key areas of analysis: technical, strategic (programming), information/knowledge management, decision-making, HR & staffing
  • Understanding results
  • Learning tools to implement for sustainable transformative change (gender-budgeting, gender-disaggregated indicators, etc.)
14:30 - 14:45

Afternoon Break

14:45 - 15:30

WORKSHOP: Beyond gender

In this session delegates will apply the day’s learning and devise a personalised gender action-plan (GAP):

  • Wrapping up the gender audit: sharing and discussing the results
  • Drafting gender action plan (GAP) and transforming results into actions
  • On-going process and future follow-ups
15:30 - 16:00

Case Study

  • DfID (TBC)
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback and Close of Course