Social Protection focuses on effective implementation of Gender and Social Inclusion Policy
The Ministry of Social Protection is adamant that gender mainstreaming will not be effective without capacity building of our human resources.
As the Gender and Social Inclusion policy nears completion, the Ministry has undertaken the task of bringing stakeholders together for a two-day workshop, which focuses on: “Strengthening understanding of basic gender concepts, improving skills in incorporating the gender perspective into projects, decreasing gender prejudices and familiarizing participants with Gender and development tools”.
Some of the participants include persons from the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Gender, Regional Gender Affairs Committees and staff of the Ministry of Social Protection.
The training will assist the participants to visualize the interconnected processes of environmental, social and economic change, while clarifying the relevance of social factors and the need for social inclusion.
According to Director of Social Services – Mr. Whenthworth Tanner, “Gender and Social Inclusion are essential components to the development process and are continually refined whenever women and men engage in the challenge of transformation in communities.” He further stated “Gender development is a pathway that will provide an opportunity to address inequalities and reshape policies to empower women and men, boys and girls in all their diversity so that they can become catalytic agents of change and equal partners in the quest to promote growth that is inclusive, just, equitable and sustainable.
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure at the workshop presented a case study on gender mainstreaming which has already been implemented in through a department of that Ministry.
Present at the opening were, Director of Social Services – Mr. Whenthworth Tanner, Manager of the Gender Affairs Bureau and facilitator of the training, Mr. Adel Lily, Senior Gender Affairs Officer – Ms. Hymwattie Lagan and Gender Specialist Volunteer to the Ministry of Social Protection and CUSO International Consultant, Ms. Njomza Miftari.