Since the United Nations Economic and Social Council to agreed the mainstreaming of a gender perspective into all policies and programmes of the United Nations system in 1997, gender mainstreaming has slowly gained momentum within the UN system, particularly through public service capacity building and governance projects in smaller and less developed member states, and in European nations through the extensive and well funded policies of the European Commission.
Leadership by developed governments in this area is crucial for their credibility as donors of foreign aid to less developed nations for capacity building focussed on the promotion of greater the equality of women, greater representation for women in politics and a reduction in discrimination and violence against women.
Gender and Diversity Consulting International can assist both developing and developed countries to improve their efforts to mainstream gender and cultural competence into the policies, practices and programmes of their public service in order to:
- improve understanding of the need for gender and cultural competence in the public service
- promote leadership from senior management on issues of gender and diversity
- promote an understanding of the functional issues related to gender and diversity among public servants
- improve services for clients of the public service
- achieve equity in access to promotion for public servants
- reduce division along race and ethnic lines within the public service and the community
- increase representation of women and minorities in political and decision making processes.
The benefits of gender and cultural competence mainstreaming with in the public service are many and Gender and Diversity Consulting International welcomes enquiries on all gender and diversity issues related to capacity building, research, evaluation and training within the public service of both developed and developing nations.