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Gender Equity Toolkit

Synthesises practice, guidelines and resources to help deliver eye health programmes that are gender sensitive, gender responsive and/or gender transformative.

The Gender Equity Work Group has developed a toolkit that synthesises practice, guidelines and resources to help deliver eye health programmes that are gender sensitive, gender responsive and/or gender transformative.

While gender equality has been a guiding principle for many organisations for many years, the G7’s and World Economic Forum’s recommendations for advancing gender equality, movements like #MeToo and other recent events encourage a global push for gender equality; they galvanise and strengthen much of what we have all been doing, and present new opportunities to build on our work.

Through the Gender Equity Work Group, the preventable blindness sector has an unique opportunity to unite and speak with one voice, to strengthen gender equality in our organisations and collectively.

We have identified three tools to help members assess their organisation’s progress towards gender equality. These tools cover both organisational progress and programme progress.

Global Health 50/50’s Self-Assessment Tool

Currently being used by 198 global health organisations to assess and track progress toward gender equality. We recommend starting with this Assessment Tool. You can complete this assessment in five minutes, or you can use it to open up conversations about steps you can take to raise awareness of the issue and discuss specific areas you might want to focus on more.

2019 is the third year the tool has been used. With results published in their annual “Equality Works” report, you can also see how you compare to the 198 global health organisations (non-profits, corporations, governments, etc.) whose results are being tracked annually.

Light for the World’s Gender Inclusion Score Card

An organisational assessment which helps identify actions needed to become more gender inclusive, providing an in-depth look at your organisation.

International Labour Office’s Participatory Gender Audit Methodology

This tool generates organisational buy-in through its methodology, also providing an in-depth look at your organisation.

The Gender Equity Work Group has identified tools to influence planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of eye health programmes. Proper programme design is the key to developing gender sensitive, gender responsive and gender transformative eye health programmes, which is why this section of the toolkit focuses on resources for gender analysis and gender-responsive budgeting.

Rough Guide to Gender Analysis

The first step to make your eye health programme gender sensitive, gender responsive or even gender transformative is to conduct a gender analysis. With this rough guide developed by the Fred Hollows Foundation you will get a good understanding of what a gender analysis is, why you need to conduct one and how you can do so. It includes practical tools for conducting your gender analysis, such as Terms of Reference for a Gender Analysis.

[View the guide (PDF) here]

Handout Summarizing the EU Gender Action Plan II

This handout from the Austrian Development Cooperation summarizes the EU Gender Action Plan II (2016-2020): Gender Analysis on Sector Level and its implications for programmes funded by European countries. It gives an overview of what a gender analysis is, what it should cover and how to conduct one at the sector level. It also provides practical links for the global and European level.

[View the handout (PDF) here]

Gender Analysis in Eye Health Template

Based on the tools above, a draft template for a Gender Analysis in Eye Health is available, already including some global data. Remember to adapt your gender analysis to the local context. If you have feedback on the tool, please send it to the Gender Equity Work Group.

[Download the template (docx) here]

Gender-Responsive Budgeting Tool

To address gender gaps and ensure gender equity, it’s critical to incorporate a gender perspective when developing budget frameworks. The Gender-Responsive Budgeting Tool aims to provide a framework to support the development of programme budgets that cater to the needs of everyone – women, men, girls and boys. It can be used by policy makers, programme teams and finance teams working in public and development sectors. The tool facilitates the teams in understanding what gender-responsive budgeting is, why it is done and the process involved in developing gender-responsive budgets.

The tool does not provide a budgeting template, as gender indicators can be intervention- and context-specific. Organisations need to include gender-responsive budgeting approaches in their budget templates to ensure gender equity aspects are realised and addressed.

The tool is derived from the “Handbook on Costing Gender Equality” published by UN Women, which draws on experiences and lessons from their global programme. The tool also utilises “Gender Responsive Budgeting in Asia and the Pacific” published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

[View the budgeting tool (PDF) here]

Monitoring Guidelines on Gender-Responsive Programming

To understand whether a programme addresses the different needs and priorities of women and men, and to determine if it has an impact on facilitating gender equity, gender-responsive aspects need to be integrated into monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. The inclusion of explicit gender-responsive objectives, indicators and results at the planning stage strengthens accountability and enhances programme impact.

These Monitoring Guidelines on Gender-Responsive Programming aim to assist development teams and eye health practitioners in ensuring that eye health programmes are effectively monitored through a gender lens.

The guidelines are designed for a wider audience of eye health planners, implementers and evaluators, and the approaches outlined can be used to integrate gender-responsive monitoring in all stages of programme development, implementation and evaluation. The document presents a menu of gender equity outcomes, results and indicators that may be selected or adapted by users.

The guidelines will support programme, project and field teams to:

  • Strengthen their understanding of M&E that applies a gender lens and how it is important in eye health programme development;
  • Develop gender-responsive monitoring systems; and
  • Formulate gender-sensitive indicators and results that can be used as strategic levers for strengthening gender equity in eye care.

The guidelines are derived from the toolkits/guidelines of the Asian Development BankOxfam GB, the European Union and GIZ.

A Practical Guide to Conducting a Barrier Analysis

“A Practical Guide to Conducting a Barrier Analysis” was developed by USAID, TOPS, Helen Keller International, World Vision and coregroup in 2013. It can be used to conduct formative research and review the strategic direction of a project, enabling organsations to identify potential gaps and design more effective behaviour change strategies, communication messages and supporting activities. The tool needs to be adapted to review barriers to gender equality with the goal of providing a practical guide for facilitators to discuss gender equality with eye health staff.

Starting from the Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) Framework, your barrier analysis questionnaire needs to be adapted to the focus you want to set; gender equality can be this focus. Additionally, the guide covers topics including sampling, interviewing techniques, coding, tabulation and data usage. The training curriculum is designed for use by NGO staff that plan to design, organize and implement a doer/non-doer study or barrier analysis and to use those results to design a behavior change strategy.

The following education tools and resources are available: