The workshop on ‘Design, implementation and monitoring of public policies from the perspective of gender equality’ within the EFE-PA Program, aimed at personnel from the Colombian public sector was accomplished

September 27 and 28, 2022.- The Pacific Alliance Education for Employment Program for sustainable development and skills for employment in the extractive sector of (PA- EFE), financed by the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) and executed by Colleges and Institutes Canada, the Canadian Association of Technological Institutes, developed a two-day face-to-face workshop at the Hotel Tequendama in the city of Bogotá, on the ‘Design, implementation and monitoring of public policies from the perspective of gender equality’.

“We are very pleased to offer this course that will support the development of skills in the design of public policies, their implementation and monitoring from a gender equality perspective in teams in charge of the design, development and monitoring of sectoral policies in the ministerial teams of the four PA countries, contributing to the strengthening of regional dialogue” mentioned Brigid Shea, Principal Agent of the PA-EFE Program, at CICan.

This course benefited 38 representatives from 10 different public sector ministries such as: Social Prosperity, Mines and Energy, National Department of Planning, Finance and Public Credit, Environment, Education, Labor, Agriculture and Rural Development, National Defense. And also representatives of the Colombian Mining Association and the academic sector.

This activity is one of the last actions scheduled within the framework of the Program and its purpose is to develop skills in the officials in charge of the gender equality units and other units, in order to qualify their work through the mainstreaming of the gender equality approach and achieve one more of the objectives of the Gender Equality strategy of the PA-EFE Program, also contributing to the work on gender equality of the Pacific Alliance.

Similarly, through this workshop, one of the indicators of the Performance Measurement Table of the Program is fulfilled, related to the strengthening of policies and guidelines implemented through it, which significantly touch on gender equality considerations and strengthen the empowerment of women.

This course was facilitated by Araceli Vásquez (Gender Equality specialist from Mexico) in coordination with Eliana Gallardo (Regional Consultant for Gender Equality and Indigenous Communities for the PA-EFE Program) and lasted 16 hours, managing to develop in the participants the following skills:

  • Ability to understand basic terms about public policy with a gender equality perspective;

  • Perception regarding gender equality as a category of analysis and a strategic tool in the design and formulation of public policies with a gender equality perspective;

  • Integrate knowledge and resources of public policy analysis with an equality perspective that allows you to improve your performance as personnel responsible for the public function.

  • Knowledge in the cycles of design, implementation and monitoring of public policies from the perspective of gender equality.

  • Knowledge of tools for the mainstreaming of gender equality in public policies.

At the end of the workshop, a certification was granted by CICan, which recognizes the skills developed by each participant.

This activity was also carried out in Mexico and Peru, and the last workshop will be held in October in Santiago de Chile and will also be aimed at officials from the partner ministries with which the PA-EFE Program works.