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Gender collaborative launches minimum standards for mainstreaming gender equality

March 07, 2017 —

Durham, NC — Advancing gender equality is a goal for most international development organizations, but the path to that goal is not always clear. Many donor organizations have policies that advance gender equality, but until now, there has not been a common set of standards for implementers. The Gender Practitioners Collaborative came together to develop such standards. The collaborative consists of gender specialists from ACDI/VOCA, Care, FHI 360, Land O’ Lakes, Mercy Corps, Plan International, Save the Children, Winrock International and World Vision.

“Our vision is that all organizations working in the field of international development and humanitarian response recognize, adopt and adhere to a minimum level of gender mainstreaming in their organizations and in their programs,” said Elise Young, Senior Advisor, Gender Mainstreaming and Thought Leadership, FHI 360.

On International Women’s Day, the collaborative will launch the Minimum Standards for Mainstreaming Gender Equality. Gender mainstreaming analyzes the issues and needs of all genders, at both the organizational and program level, to uncover how policies, practices and interventions affect people differently. The goal of gender mainstreaming is to address the social and cultural norms that prevent people from benefitting equally from opportunities.

Download the standards and learn more about FHI 360’s work in gender.