GREAT Women Project trains agencies on Harmonized GAD Guidelines

Philippine Commission on Women-GREAT Women Project trained participants from 13 partner national government agencies (NGAs) on the Harmonized GAD Guidelines (HGG). The training was held at the PHINMA Training Center, Tagaytay on July 26-29, 2011.

The four-day training aimed for agency participants to deepen use of Harmonized GAD Guidelines (HGG). The training capacitated 28 participants through customized workshops and case discussions on five sectors relevant to women’s economic empowerment (private sector development, microfinance, agriculture, natural resources management and labour and employment). These are private sector development, microfinance, agriculture, natural resources management and labor & employment.

Agencies trained on HGG include the Department of Trade and Industry-Philippine Trade Training Center (DTI-PTTC) and Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Planning; DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB); DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB); DENR-Forest Management Bureau (FMB); DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB); DENR-Land Management Bureau (LMB); Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Agriculture (DA); DOLE-Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). Dr. Rosario Asong of the University of the Philippines-Visayas, assisted by Monitoring and Evaluation Division (MED) Planning Officers, facilitated the training.

GREAT Women Project, through Component 2, advocates the regular use of HGG within national government agencies. As a gender analysis tool, the HGG is a set of guidelines that provides agencies with a common set of analytical concepts and tools for integrating gender concerns into development programs and projects. Application of HGG helps to mainstream gender in projects and programs. Mainstreaming gender is a strategy to achieve gender equality and empower women in general.

HGG is advocated as a gender analysis tool among the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) donors, Philippine government agencies, and development practitioners.