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Assessment of staff members’ understanding of gender mainstreaming and contribution to gender equality : Ministry of Gender Equality, Namibia

Ntema Chali

Titre : Assessment of staff members’ understanding of gender mainstreaming and contribution to gender equality : Ministry of Gender Equality, Namibia

Auteur : Ntema Chali

Université de soutenance : Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Grade : Master in Management of Development (Specialization Rural Development and Gender) 2011

Résumé _ The study which was conducted in Windhoek in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare looked into the understanding of staff member of gender mainstreaming and their contribution to gender equality in Namibia. The Ministry was established in 2000 with the mandate to ensure gender equality and equitable socio-economic development of women and men and the well-being of children. In 2003, a study was conducted by the University of Namibia to assess the status of gender mainstreaming in my organisation and several weaknesses were found such as lack of trained staff members and financial constraints to implement gender mainstreaming programmes. Now, in 2011, I wanted to take stock and see if improvement were made.However, gender mainstreaming in Namibia is still hampered by lack of expertise, lack of interest and cultural attitudes constraints in the field of gender.

The study focused on several questions : Field of specialization of staff members in the ministry, their understanding of gender mainstreaming, workshop attended on gender mainstreaming, their duties and responsibilities, program contribution to gender equality as well as challenges faced in implementing gender mainstreaming programmes. Random sampling was used to select respondents for this research. This thesis provides findings and analysis of responses to the study, as well as conclusions and recommendations.

The results of the research indicated that the Ministry is committed to the promotion of gender equality. The study also revealed that policies and programmes are in place to ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all sectors. Limited capacity and lack of trained personnel on gender issues remain a challenge for the ministry which affects the implementation of gender mainstreaming programmes. It was clear that some staff members in other directorates had limited understanding of gender mainstreaming. It is for this reason that the study recommends that the Ministry should build capacity on gender mainstreaming for all staff members in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding on gender mainstreaming, and analysis in order to contribute effectively to gender equality in Namibia. There is a need for government to allocate adequate resources for gender mainstreaming due to the fact that most funding has been moved to cater for orphans and vulnerable children to change in donor interests with priorities on HIV/AIDS. Présentation

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