A Quick Guide to Gender Mainstreaming in Development Planning

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This Quick Guide is part of the Gender Management System (GMS) resource kit, a series of publications presenting GMS. GMS is an innovative system developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat for gender mainstreaming. The system is a comprehensive network of structures, mechanisms and processes for bringing a gender perspective to bear on all government policies, plans, programmes and projects. The kit consists of a handbook which presents the GMS in detail; sectoral guides to gender mainstreaming in specific sectors; and resource documents to assist the user in gender analysis, monitoring, evaluation and other aspects of gender mainstreaming. Each sectoral guide also has a corresponding Quick Guide a short, userfriendly publication presenting the essential points. It is designed for policymakers, planners, field staff and other government personnel involved in gender mainstreaming, as well as for academic users, NGOs, the private sector and others who have a stake in advancing gender equality and equity.




This guide is intended for governments and other organisations that are seeking to advance gender equality and equity through the mainstreaming of gender in development planning. The Commonwealth is promoting gender mainstreaming by means of the Gender Management System (GMS), a comprehensive system of structures, process and mechanisms for advancing gender equality and equity, designed primarily for use by national governments in developing countries. This guide is intended for use in combination with other documents in the GMS series, especially the Gender Management System Handbook which provides a general introduction to the GMS and a guide for gender mainstreaming in national governments.


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