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Yesterday, Gender Monitoring Office and stakeholders met to substantively discuss on short and long term priorities and propose more innovative strategies for effective implementation of Gender accountability in Rwanda.
The indentified priorities will be captured in the new five year strategic plan that will guide office interventions for the period of 2017-2022. The new strategic plan, whose development process started, comes as a new generation of the ending strategic plan that covered the period of of 2011-2016.
Taking stock on achievements made, and reflecting on challenges encountered along the journey from the time GMO started its operations in 2008, stakeholders advised that it's now time to take another step forward and find more though strategies to make sure all actors, either in government, private or civil society organizations respect gender equality and take culture to account on it.
The advised strategies include to initiative incentive mechanisms for compliance and failure for respect of gender equality. Other mechanisms include more engagement with local government advisory councils, which will in turn help to enforce accountability mechanisms for respect of gender equality at grass root levels.
Gender Monitoring Office was also recommended to frequently assess the functionalities and effectiveness of structures and programs implemented at grass root levels such as Umugoroba w'Ababyeyi, one cow per family and cooperatives' leadership among others.
However, participants emphasized that most of actors still have gaps in gender analysis, which require to be filled in order to ensure the success in respect of gender equality in all areas.
The participants lauded the work that GMO has accomplished, including development of gender and GBV indicators and establishment of baseline for track 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.