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The Gender Monitoring Office Strategic Plan 2017-2022 has been validated on Wednesday this week during a workshop that gathered the Office and its different stakeholders in Kigali to provide their final inputs on the document.
The validation of the Plan came after a couple of months during which different stakeholders from the public, private institutions; Civil Society Organizations as well as Faith Based Organizations have been providing their contribution to well package the Strategic Plan.
The new GMO Strategic Plan comes to succeed the completed Strategic Plan which guided the Office's activities from 2011-2016.
In his opening remarks, the Deputy Chief Gender Monitor in charge of Gender Mr. KABERA Jean Paul thanked everyone who participated in the development process of the GMO Strategic Plan, calling for increased partnership in implementing the new one.
''We strongly believe that this Strategic Plan is a guiding tool to keep excelling in implementing our mandate of monitoring the respect of Gender Equality and fight against Gender Based Violence at all levels. We will build on what we've achieved and improve more. Let's us walk together in this journey, and your usual support to us will be also a good foundation,'' emphasized the Deputy Chief Gender Monitor in charge of monitoring the fight against Injustice and Gender Based Violence, Mrs. MUKANDASIRA Caritas in her closing remarks.
Product of wide consultations
The new Strategic Plan is meant to guide all activities of the Gender Monitoring Office for a period of the next five years. The document is a product of wide consultations which begun in August 2016, and included review of policy documents and reports, interviews with gender experts, stakeholder consultations, brainstorming sessions within GMO staff, sessions with development partners, Civil Society Organizations, government agencies and the private sector.
Besides working as a team to institutionalize gender accountability at all levels, the Gender Monitoring Office also reminded all stakeholders that to implement the new Strategic Plan will require efforts and ownership, since gender promotion and fight against GBV is a collective responsibility.
To strategically position itself in ensuring that gender accountability is promoted and sustained, the new GMO Strategic Plan contains of new programs in all sectors (Public private CSOs and FBOs). These include initiating the national gender barometer, the awarding of gender best performers, organization of International conferences on gender accountability, participation in security meetings, establishment of gender and GBV data bank and directory and gender operational research.
Lauded the work done
The Stakeholders who validated the new Plan lauded the work that GMO has accomplished, including development of gender and GBV indicators and establishment of baseline for tracking the country's progress in gender equality, conducting gender audits and assessments in public private and civil society organizations, as well as generation of data for evidence based advocacy and information. They vowed to continue supporting the Office in implementing its mandate in the next five years.
Being affiliated to the Office of Prime Minister's Office, it is expected that after finalizing the Gender Monitoring Office Strategic Plan 2017-2022, it will be signed by the Prime Minister to become effective.