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Project "Increasing capacity of public administration to mainstream gender in national policies and programs" " VS/2010/0596, financed in the framework of the Programme PROGRESS

Проект “Подобряване на капацитета на публичната администрация за прилагане на интегрирания подход за равно третиране на половете в нацио
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Project "Increasing capacity of public administration to mainstream gender in national policies and programs" " VS/2010/0596, financed in the framework of the Programme PROGRESS

Funding body

PROGRESS Programme

Aims and objectives

The capacity building initiative has been realised in the framework of the PROGRESS Programme. This training has been necessary because of the then-recent change in government (2009) and shifts in the state administration personnel. Thus, the training was targeted at newly elected deputy ministers (members of the National Council for Equal Opportunities of Women and Men with the Council of Ministers) and at key experts from the state administration – people from the Strategic Planning Departments and the Human Resources Departments of the respective ministries. The training was obligatory for the nominated persons (nominated by each ministry, but the rule was: one from the Strategic Planning Department, one from Human Resources Department and one more, which consecutively is acting as a key gender contact in the respective ministry. Forty-five people (3x15 ministries) took part in the training. There were four training modules, realised within two full days. There were two modules for the members of the National Council for Equal Opportunities of Women and Men with the Council of Ministers – one in the beginning and one in the end of the project.

Results and impact

The results are assessed as rather positive, as the participants from the 15 ministries are still working on their positions and thus are carriers of the knowledge from the training. Furthermore, this training allowed for the identification of key gender contacts at each ministry and, although they have not received a formal position in this context, they function as a basic gender network in the ministries. Thus, this capacity building training is the most important and substantial GM method identified within this research.

Creator/owner/responsible institution

Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

Contact: equal@mlsp.government.bg

Contents/activities/services

The trainings consisted of different training modules dedicated to increasing the capacity of the administration to apply the gender mainstreaming approach. The modules included "European and national policies on gender equality," "Best Practices Manual from international experience of applying the gender mainstreaming approach," "Arguments for applying the gender mainstreaming approach," and "Gender budgeting."

Additional information

Duration: 2010-2012

Nr of beneficiaries: 45 people from ministries and about 25 people from the National Council for Equal Opportunities of Women and Men with the Council of Ministers - about 70 people in total