CWH’s Gender Impact Programme

A concerted effort on gender equality programming is central to the success of development initiatives. However, promoting gender sensitive projects and an environment conducive to gender equality requires a robust gender mainstreaming strategy. This strategy should be imbedded in the core of every organisation’s activity through the integration of a gender perspective in each phase of a project. Gender mainstreaming is a cycle that starts from conception and planning and continues through to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. With each phase of the project, it is important that equality between women and men is taken into account in all decisions and by all actors
Equally important for the success of a gender focused project is continuous capacity building of development actors at operational and institutional levels. Accordingly, the Centre promotes an optimal level of awareness, knowledge and skills among practitioners and supports their efforts in gender mainstreaming and capacity development. It does so through conveying knowledge by means of structured programme supports — in this case its Gender Impact Programme.

The programme supports gender mainstreaming by providing a gender framework (conceptual framework of gender equality and social inclusion*), targeted training, workshops, and courses to development practitioners. It also provides a mentoring programme in partnership with international and national experts and partners. Through gender mainstreaming and capacity building, the Centre promotes a gender sensitive approach in programming and within organisations – this is crucial to strengthen the capacities and prospects of rural communities in the Himalayas.