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Elusive gender audit

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With Special Guest & Gender Expert Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer
Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at Australian National University; Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School; Griffith Law School Associate Professor; Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute, Geneva
A government policy adviser, Susan was selected as an expert for the official Australian delegation to the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2014.
Susan has provided policy advice on the UNSC, G20, IORA and MIKTA and is one of two Australian representatives to the W20 in Turkey and China.

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Elusive gender audit

  1. 1. The elusive gender audit 3 November 2016 Associate Professor Susan Harris Rimmer, Graduate Institute Visiting Fellow @femint
  2. 2. Business case “I believe effective gender integration is often the difference between success and failure of a broad variety of development investments. I've had a history…of making sure that gender integration is done well...A lot of times there's a fair amount of language about gender integration, but there are less specific strategies to make it happen…” — Rajiv Shah, 2009, USAID Administrator
  3. 3. Definitions “Gender mainstreaming is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies and programmes, in all areas and at all levels, and as a strategy for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and social spheres so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality.” (ECOSOC 1997/2)
  4. 4. Not a pass/fail scenario The Gender Audit is an assessment tool and process for organizations to use in identifying staff perceptions of how gender issues are addressed in their programming/advice portfolio (external) and internal organizational processes. The Audit is designed to garner both objective and subjective information on the progress of gender mainstreaming.
  5. 5. Gender Audits - why Troubleshooting – reveals structural issues Transitional moments – establish baseline Navigate gender issues with curiosity and safety Move beyond anecdote Public diplomacy (evidence of awesomeness)
  6. 6. Gender Audits - what  Must be linked to strategic mission of foreign ministry, or explicit gender strategy for all aspects of diplomatic work  Must fuse gender analysis of the ministry itself with ability to influence gender equity issues in foreign policy  Should be cognisant of the history of gender in diplomacy  Should understand intersectionality
  7. 7. Frameworks ILO 3 ‘S’ approach  Staffing  Substance  Structural issues
  8. 8. Gender audits - how  Aim for a rigorous process, with emphasis on data and evidence. Iterations.  Audit results show a slice of time in an organisation: What do we look like, what do we say in public and private, how do we act, where do resources go, what are our values?  Interaction framework – now your turn.
  9. 9. Challenges Perceptions! Plausible deniability Decorative only
  10. 10. Thank you Comments welcome s.harris-rimmer@griffith.edu.au @femint

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