About the Gender Mainstreaming Unit

Mission and Vision
We undertake to design and implement policies and programmes geared towards promoting gender mainstreaming and achieving gender equality, safeguarding human rights, upholding democracy and preserving the rule of law.

Our vision is to have a society where women and men, girls and boys, in all their diversity, are equal. A society free from violence and discrimination based on gender, where everyone is free to peruse their chosen path in life and have equal opportunities to reach their full potential in use of all talents and diversity. 

The Gender Mainstreaming Unit

The Gender Mainstreaming Unit (GMU) was established in January 2019 and has been active in addressing challenges highlighted by women and gender minorities ever since its formation. The Unit forms part of the Human Rights Directorate and it is responsible for the development of the first national framework on Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming.

The GMU serves as a coordinating body that communicates with various entities, provides information and feeds the gender perspective to ongoing processes. Raising awareness is another priority to this Unit as it makes the general public aware of issues highlighted by women, gender minorities and other organisations with the aim to provide a long-lasting solution. Additionally, the GMU assists the government in policy making, make use of existing funding resources for the development of services, provide training and remains active in community building.

What is Gend​er Mainstreaming?
Gender Mainstreaming is an approach mostly used in policy development and takes into consideration the interest and needs of both women and men.

Gender Mainstreaming involves the integration of a gender perspective into the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, regulatory measures and spending programmes, with a view to promoting equality between women and men, and combating discrimination.

Recognising the differences and inequalities in gender during planning and implementation process will assist in increasing gender equality. The main goal of gender mainstreaming is to solve and tackle gender inequalities to accomplish equality between women and men.

Here is an essential guide to gender mainstreaming: