The institutional Gender Action Plans (GAPs) are roadmaps for the Public Services Commission (PSC) and the Selected Entities (SEs) to operationalise the findings and recommendations from the gender policy implementation gaps identified during the Rapid Institutional Gender Gap Assessment (RIGGA). Specifically, the GAPs elaborate elements of the systems, processes and practices related to the 11 performance areas that PSC and SEs must emphasise as they mainstream gender. A scorecard will track changes within PSC and SEs through an assessment by an Independent Verification Agency (IVA) which will use a participatory process to arrive at a score; the expectation being hat each entity will score at least 70%.
The GAPs and scorecard have been developed through an extensive and inclusive process which involved leadership and personnel of PSC and SEs, as well as the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and stakeholders. Key documents that underpin the GAPs are the international, national and institutional gender equality instruments including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ILO Conventions, the Constitution, National Gender Policy and gender policies of the entities.
To support PSC and SEs to implement the actions, the capacity of personnel will be built in the core areas of the GAPs. Also, appropriate communication materials will be developed for the sensitisation of personnel, partners and stakeholders of the entities. As implementation of the actions in the GAPs require systems and mechanisms to be either established or where they exist to be improved, some hand-holding of designated personnel, e.g., Gender desks, will be required from the MoGCSP and PwC.