EU LADP continues efforts for the integration of gender perspective in local development planning

Oct 19, 2016

"This project is not limited to specific areas in Iraq; it is for all Iraqis to learn how to develop themselves and to accept women as a full of the community," said EU Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Patrick Simonnet. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Erbil – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has concluded a 3-day workshop in Erbil on the integration of gender perspective in local area development planning. Organized under the EU Local Area Development Programme (LADP), implemented by UNDP, the workshop gathered 20 participants from women affairs bureaus in the Governorates of Basra, Missan, Diwaniyah, Muthanna, Diyala and Salah al-Din. 

Gender planning, developing gender sensitive indicators, gathering gender classified data, and building governorate women and girls profiles were at the top of the agenda. These profiles will support baseline studies and plans under LADP.

EU Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Patrick Simonnet, confirmed that "this project is not limited to specific areas in Iraq; it is for all Iraqis to learn how to develop themselves and to accept women as a full of the community."

UNDP Gender Specialist, Ms. Sundus Abbas, said: “Made possible with funding from the EU, this workshop went beyond capacitating participants to show strong commitment to gender equality and empowerment of women to participate in the process of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Iraq.”

International gender integration tools adapted to the Iraqi context were introduced to participants, who discussed political and cultural impediments amongst other factors derailing gender equality. 

Head of the Women's Bureau in Basra, Ms. Manal Hadi, indicated that, through the workshop, she has obtained important information about the international Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She added: “We have also learnt the importance of women's role in strategic planning for local development and how to activate the role of women bureaus in all governorates.”

Funded by the EU, LADP has been working with partners and respective authorities on gender mainstreaming, gender sensitive budgeting, and integration of gender perspective in local development strategies.

Contact

Sundus Abbas, Gender Specialist, (m) +964 780 197 6464