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The Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) in partnership with Belgian Embassy has yesterday held a workshop with development partners with the aim of raising awareness on accountability to gender equality in Rwanda and discuss how to further improve gender responsiveness in their respective programs and projects.
The meeting follows a participatory gender audit conducted at Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) on the request of BTC in a bid to further improve gender responsiveness of the Belgian Cooperation interventions in Rwanda.
The workshop thus served as a forum for partners to share lessons learned from the gender audit and discuss how to scale up their effort and contribution in regards to promotion of Gender Equality in the country.
“Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness recommends mutual accountability and transparency in the use of development resources for inclusive development results, said the Chief Gender Monitor Rose Rwabuhihi.
“ We are delighted to note that today the exercise of gender auditing of BTC is an example of how this declaration can be turned into action”, she added.
The Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda, Arnout Pauwels, said that most of the time it’s easy to put plans in papers but hard to practice, thus adding that sharing experiences is vital to help development partners learn from each other to further increase compliance and gender responsiveness.
The Government has positioned as champion in promotion of Gender Equality which tremendously contributed to Rwanda’s current progress in all sectors.
The contribution and collaboration with development partners in this journey have also played a very important role in accelerating this progress.
The support was channeled through different ways including financing for gender equality, providing technical expertise, contributing to enhancing technical capacity in gender, and convening dialogues to further raise awareness or trigger increased attention to specific gender issues.
Participants at the meeting included government institutions, Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners such as UN WOMEN, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO, European Union, World Bank, FAO, AfDB, UNHCR, IMF, and WFP among others.
The advised that such meeting be formalized to provide space between government, development partners, and civil society organizations discuss on how to further mainstream gender equality in their programs and promote gender accountability over their interventions.