Professional Certificate in Electoral Processes in Post-Conflict Environments

Day One

Introduction to gender equity and strategic planning

09:00 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair and Delegates' Welcome and Introductions
Delegates' introductions and discussion
Experience and lesson sharing
Finding common ground: what is gender equity, and why are we trying to do it?
10:45 Morning coffee  
11:00 Perspectives on Gender Equity
GAD, WID and gender mainstreaming: a primer and an analysis
Gender and the MDGs
Economic, social and developmental role of gender equity
Existing problems in gender equity
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Principles of Strategic Thinking
Purpose, values, behaviour standards leading to strategy choice
Considering visions, missions, values and behaviours and their correlation in supporting strategy
Exercise specific to mission statements
Applying strategic thinking to gender programmes
15:00 Afternoon tea  
15:15 Making Strategic Choices
Understanding the context
Who makes the strategic choice?
What influences strategic choice?
How are strategic choices made?
Strategic criteria, weighting and option analysis
16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions
17:00 Close  

Day Two

Legislating for gender equity

09:30 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap
10:15 Developing Legislation with Gender Sensitivity
Methods of stakeholder engagement and participation
Incorporating gender sensitivity into process of creating policies
Equity and exclusion assessments
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Gender Equity in Public Offices
Systems of quotas - introduction and efficacy
Role of equality in parliament and elections
Ensuring universal suffrage
Equity in public appointments and hiring
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Examining the Role of Working Regulations
Maternity and paternity law
Flexibility in working times
Beyond traditional job structures
Ensuring workplace equity
14:30 Analysing Legal Structures and Regulation for Gender Equity
Equity in court processes and access to justice
Legal frameworks and court directives and procedures
Enforcing laws
15:30 Afternoon tea  
15:45 International Law and Gender Equity
Beyond the MDGs: international covenants
CEDAW, Resolution 1325, 1820, Beijing Declaration
Integrating international law into national legislation
16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:00 Close  

Day Three

Gender and key policy areas

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap
10:15 Education and Gender
Policies to deliver equity in education
Length of study and achievement
Role of education in delivering social goals
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Health and Sexual Health Provision
Gender concerns in planning health services
Ensuring safe access to health services
Role of sexual health in empowerment and gender equity
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Transport and Public Areas
Safety and equity of access
Changing attitudes towards shared usage
Examining legislation to improve gender transport equity
14:30 Gender Concerns in Food Access and Security
Beyond traditional roles
Food security and food aid
Market access and agriculture concerns
15:30 Afternoon tea  
15:45 Conflict Management
Examining problems of gender in conflict affected populations
Gender issues after conflict: peacebuilding and role of women
Building trust and rehabilitation

16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:00 Close  

Day Four

Methods for establishing gender equity

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap
10:15 Participation Procedures for Gender Equity
Strategies of participatory planning
Role of participation in delivering gender equity
Towards participatory processes in planning
11:15 Morning coffee
11:30 Internal Composition of Organisations
Structuring organisations to facilitate gender equity
Organisational development and planning
Changing cultures of organisations
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Considering the Relationship of Citizenship to Gender Equity
Discussing developing an inclusive definition of citizenship
Building into policy areas and electoral systems
How to facilitate development of citizenship
14:30 Women's Empowerment: Methods and Applications
Economic: access to market and role of microfinance
Legal: protection in and of courts
Social: societal freedom and equality
Political: voice and accountability
How to create: processes of reinforcement
15:30 Afternoon tea  
15:45 Examining Enforcement Mechanisms for Gender Equity
Monitoring gender equity and feedback for improving policies
Evaluating implementation and processes
Delivering objectives: improving methods and tools
16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:00 Close  

Day Five

Financing and action plans

09:30 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap  
10:15 International Aid and Financing for Gender Equity
Utilising international aid flows
Financing gender equity programmes
Meeting financing criteria
11:45 Morning coffee
12:00 Developing Action Plans for Gender Equity
Building gender equity into planning
Writing holistic action plans

13:00 Lunch  
14:00 Chartered Management Institute Assignments and Criteria
Structuring a written piece of work for assessment - generic overview and principles
Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria
Blending gender equity content into these structures
15:15 Afternoon tea  
15:30 End of Course Wrap Up and Final Questions and Discussion
Wrapping up the week: key messages
What is important in gender equity?
Key take away points
Certificate presentation
16:15 Close