How do you promote gender equality

Promote equality and women's rights


In German development cooperation, the program has contributed to reducing gender-specific discrimination and strengthening women's rights. This is done, for example, through activities that contribute to the implementation of the Federal Government's National Action Plan for the Implementation of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, Security of the United Nations Security Council (NAP 1325 II). The focus here is on protecting women's rights and including women on an equal footing at all levels and in all phases of the conflict cycle. The program helps, among other things, to implement this claim,

The UN Women's Rights Commission and the “Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative” (We-Fi) established as part of the German G20 presidency in 2017 are further processes on which the project is advising the BMZ. Thanks to the targeted support from the project, the BMZ can present its activities on gender equality to a global audience on the Women's Rights Commission every year and thus live up to its reputation as a pioneer in strengthening women's rights. With the support of the project and as the largest donor to We-Fi, the BMZ also enjoys international trust as an important player in improving access to finance, markets and networks for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

At the national level, the program advised the BMZ on the revision of the concept for gender equality in German development cooperation (2014) and supported the development of the BMZ Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 and accompanying road maps. The second National Action Plan for the implementation of Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council by Germany as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council 2019/2020 is currently receiving special attention. Here the program provides the BMZ with intensive advice on the further successful implementation of NAP 1325 II. Successful approaches such as the intergenerational dialogue have been piloted, processed and are now being used in new sectors such as social cohesion or to deal with the issue of menstrual hygiene. A GIZ internal competition to promote women's rights through digital technologies also provided impetus. Three ideas were selected and piloted here. All three pilot measures were extremely successful and are now firmly integrated in an expanded form in the respective bilateral GIZ projects. The project successfully contributed to anchoring gender equality more firmly in the processes of GIZ, KfW and BMZ. For example, gender equality is better integrated in impact monitoring.