Using Gender Sensitive Indicators

A Reference Manual for Governments and Other Stakeholders

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This is one of the sectoral guides that are 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 designed to assist the reader in the selection, use and dissemination of gendersensitive indicators at the national level. It strikes a balance between theoretical concepts and practical examples.



Gender-Sensitive Indicators: The State of the Art

Extensive work has been undertaken in the last five to ten years on indicators at the national level. This section reviews some of the main work specifically on gender-sensitive indicators that have been carried out by the UN and donors.


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