Gender Integration


Gender integration (or mainstreaming) is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels. It is a strategy for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated. Gender integration goes hand in hand with the promotion and protection of women’s human rights and the elimination of discrimination against women. The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality.

What OHCHR does

OHCHR gender integration efforts are two-fold:

(1) institutionalizing gender equality in OHCHR organizational culture, structure and processes;
(2) advancing gender equality in all areas of OHCHR mandate (human rights mechanism support, field operations and technical cooperation, research and human rights mainstreaming).

The OHCHR Gender Equality Policy (2011) and its internal implementation plan, the OHCHR Gender Equality Strategic Plan  (2012-13) maps out concrete actions to advance gender equality in both the institutional setting and the work of the Office.

In addition, OHCHR is one of the eight pilots of the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN SWAP).

The UN SWAP is a UN system-wide framework that will enhance accountability and measure progress towards the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It includes a set of 15 performance indicators that establish a common understanding of what it means to achieve gender equality and a common method to work towards it.

OHCHR leads the performance indicators related to gender policies and to organizational culture and is committed to support other UN agencies in meeting standards related to those area.

Main OHCHR thematic studies/reports/documents