From Opportunities to Capacities: A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Enhancing Gender Responsive Governance

Output3: Advocacy, Networking and Coordinating

To advocate, coordinate and network with key stakeholders for ensuring gender responsive governance through institutions of local governance

Two review meetings with all the members of the project implementing SIRDs have enabled sharing of experiences and learnings and creation of networks between the partners. The partners have shared their own resources, ideas, knowledge materials and experiences. They have learnt from each other how a best practice has been initiated and sustained, how advocacy has worked to bring in a certain policy, say that of mandatory holding Mahila Gram Sabhas. These have been occasions to bring knowledge building and actual practice together on the same platform, so that each benefits from the other, each strengthens the other. The E Repository is as much a product of networking as it is of knowledge building.

A lot of advocacy is in the offing. Once the GRG matrix is finalized, NIRDPR and UN Women will take it forward as an advocacy tool to promote gender responsive governance across states. The GFP Handbook too is an extremely important advocacy tool for institutionalising GFP across the country. Finally, the project is creating campaign material for GFP in the form of posters which can be translated to different regional languages and used in Gram Panchayats to promote the idea of GFP and GRG.