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Regional Training of Trainers (TOT) in West and Central Africa (WCA): Mainstreaming Gender in UN Common Country Programming in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

28/11 - 02/12 2016, Dakar, Senegal - On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the WCA Regional Gender Thematic Group (comprising UN Women, UNFPA, OIM, UNESCO, UNODC and UNICEF Regional Offices) organizes a training of trainers on Mainstreaming Gender in UN Common Country Programming in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, in Dakar, from 28 November to 2 December 2016.

The concept of gender mainstreaming was identified as a universal strategy to promote gender equality in the Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. This concept highlighted the need to ensure that gender equality was a priority in all areas of social and economic development.

In 2012 the QCPR resolution (A/RES/67/226) called the UN Development System to draw upon available expertise within the UN system to support gender mainstreaming in program planning and implementation and to ensure that the principles of gender equality are systematically integrated in all stages of elaboration of UNDAF and other development frameworks.

In addition, there are growing demands on the UN to better support national governments and other partners to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the standalone goal on gender, and gender specific targets across other SDGs. This underlines the need to ensure that UNTCs are better equipped to support the localization of the SDGs in a gender-responsive manner. The West and Central Africa region (WCA) has 13 countries UNDAF roll-out this year. Consequently, there is a need to boost UNDAF expertise, particularly with respect to gender mainstreaming. It is envisaged that the Gender Thematic Group (GTG) will play an important part in the roll-out.

In this context, The WCA Regional Gender Thematic Group in partnership with UN Women Headquarter organizes a regional Training of Trainers (ToT) to bring together experts from the UN system in the WCA region in order to train them on how to better integrate gender perspectives into UN Country level programming and in SDG localization process. This first ToT will focus on Francophone countries, in the region and will be followed by another in Anglophone countries in March 2017.

Additional information on the ToT content and agenda:
Florence Hamimi: florence.hamimi@unwomen.org

Press Contacts:
Marion Piccio: m.piccio@unesco.org and Gaia Paradiso g.paradiso@unesco.org
A press point will take place on 28 November 2016, at 10.30 am

Venue :
Bureau Régional Multisectoriel de l’UNESCO
Almadies, Route de la plage de Ngor
BP 3311 – Dakar, Sénégal
Phone: +221 33 864 96 00

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