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Planning for Mainstreaming gender equity on International Women's Day

Refresher Course on

“Mainstreaming gender equity in and a rights-based approach to Vietnam's urban development policy: the transformative power of Strategic Action Planning”

Hanoi, Vietnam June 19-30, 2017

On International Women’s Day, help forge more gender equal urban development policies. Will you #BeBoldForChange and sign up for our Refresher Course?

Achieving gender equality will not happen overnight. Delivering the necessary cultural changes is a long-term effort across a wide a range of areas. Gender Mainstreaming is only one of those undertakings supported by the UN Economic and Social Council, thanks to its promotion of a pluralistic approach valuing the diversity among both men and women. This public policy concept helps with the assessment of different implementations for women and men of any planned policy action.

In this matter, Strategic Action Planning can be a crucial practice. Identifying strategic goals and analyzing the environment will ensure that nobody, especially women, is left out of a policy. Recommendations on how to achieve your goals will coordinate the formulation of your strategy and its implementation. Strategic Action Planning can then guarantee the gender equality and mainstreaming of urban development policies.

The United Nations have valued Vietnam’s achievements in the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979. The Vietnamese efforts to improve laws and policies related to women have been successful in closing the gender gap in the East Asia countries for the last 20 years. In regard to its key position on this issue and in the region, Hanoi will host our refresher course “Mainstreaming gender equity in and a rights-based approach to Vietnam's urban development policy: the transformative power of Strategic Action Planning”.

This two weeks course aims to identify and analyze gender and social equity issues in Vietnam’s urban development as well as existing gaps in policies and arrangements. Participants will receive extensive training on participatory process and engagement tools. Strategic Action Planning applied to gender-equal urban development policies will be discussed from the 19th to the 30th of June, 2017.

This course is intended for NFP alumni from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and other countries from the Southeast Asian region. Alumni are allowed to invite colleagues, if well motivated and to a limited extent. The course is aimed at alumni whose current practice is related to the theme of the course particularly in urban planning, urban management, urban housing, urban poverty reduction, community development, urban environmental management, and similar sectors. Female participation is strongly encouraged. The participants will be chosen based on the quality and relevance of the motivation. To participate, apply before the 19th of April, 2017.

To find out more about the application procedure and requirements, have a look at this link.

We look forward to receiving your applications!


About the author: Fiona Rappin is a Marketing and Communication Intern at IHS. She is currently following a master in Political and Institutional Communication at Sciences Po Grenoble, France. She works with the Alumni Relations office and hopes to contribute to the work of IHS in capacity building as well as in making cities more sustainable and inclusive.


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