Smart Practices

As the successor of the EU-UNDP Equal Opportunities and Women’s Rights in Ukraine Programme, the Strengthening National Gender Machinery Project has authored a publication entitled “BeingSmartaboutGender: SuccessfulApproachesandKeystoFosteringGenderEqualityinUkraine 2008-2011”. This publication was prepared as part of the comprehensive review process that summarizes results, lessons learned and successful practices of the Equal Opportunities and Women’s Rights in Ukraine Programme: the largest gender equality initiative in Eastern Europe in the last 20 years.

The volume is aimed at a wide circle of stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental organizations, individual researchers, academia and think tanks, similar projects and initiatives in the realms of gender equality, combat against domestic violence and women empowerment, as well as the international development community.

The brochure represents 7 Smart practices from different fields of gender mainstreaming as follows:

  1. Reconfiguring the National Gender Machinery: Past, Present, Future.

The chapter analyses the experience of implementing the National Gender Machinery Component, including work with authorities at national and subnational levels, drafting of state programmes on ensuring gender equality, overcoming consequences of the administrative reform, holding high-level international conferences, etc.

  1. Gender Re(-)count: Advancing Gender Statistics in Ukraine.

The authors proceed with reviewing lessons of introducing gender statistics in accordance with EUROSTAT and UNECE methodology, as well as experience of holding a number of regional workshops for more than 400 users of statistical data.

  1. Domestic Violence Prevention and Response System: Multilateral Cooperation, Common Cause.

Here the experience of the Prevention and Response to Domestic Violence Component is analyzed. Namely, the chapter considers the experience of amending Ukrainian legislation, conducting research on domestic violence issues, work with judges etc. 

  1. Cascade Training Programme: Delivering Relevant Knowledge to Agents of Change

The chapter highlights implementation of a large-scale project in all regions of Ukraine – the cascade trainings. During the first phase, 150 trainers mastered a special course to further hold more than 2400 trainings. Within the framework of the project more than 17,000 officials, 23,000 educators, 9,000 law enforcers participated in the trainings.

  1. The Education of Tomorrow: Engendering the Future.

The chapter summarizes experiences of the Gender Education Component, namely provision of gender expert assessments of educational standards, school curricula, manuals and handbooks, as well as elaboration of curricula for pedagogical universities.

  1. Gender Studies – Another Step towards Institutionalization.

The narrators go on with the experience of establishing the first five departments of gender studies in Ukraine and three new gender education centres within Ukrainian universities, as well as with the successes of teachers’ contest for the best lesson on gender issues with more than 500 participants during two years.

  1. Marketing Gender Equality.

The chapter elucidates successful experience of holding a contest of short films “Gene of Equality” and a summer “GenderCamp”. The contest videos obtained 100,000 views on YouTube within only two months from the launch. Moreover, other outreach activities in the sphere of gender promotion are described: the contest of gender caricatures “Gender stereotype – a caricature of reality”, exhibition of photos dedicated to the International Women’s Day Centennial, Gender Quest etc.

Every practice dwells on successful activities of the Programme in respective fields, summarizes lessons learned, comments of stakeholders and statistics.  

You can access the publication here.