Vienna (Austria), 15 May 2018 - Progress on gender equality is fundamental for realizing human rights for all, creating and sustaining peaceful societies, and building socially inclusive and sustainable development trajectories where the benefits of development are equitably shared. At the 27 th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), UNODC held a side event to discuss how the office is instituting transformative change through gender-responsive programming and evaluation.
Christine Brautigam, Director of the UN WOMEN Intergovernmental Support Division who chaired the event, emphasized the importance of increased attention to gender equality issues. Furthermore, she acknowledged that the new UNOV/UNODC Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2018-2021) provides a robust framework for implementation of gender equality commitments and achievement of the 2030 Agenda. Marian Salema, Program Officer in the Office of the Director-General/Executive Director of UNOV/UNODC, presented key elements of the strategy. She highlighted that the strategy would strengthen UNOV/UNODC's institutional capacity and effectiveness, as well as enhance delivery of results on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Talking about the role of gender-responsive evaluation in delivering UNODC's mandate, the chief of the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU), Katharina Kayser, affirmed that evaluation has a significant role to play in ensuring gender issues are crosscutting and embedded within all aspects of UNODC as an organization. She further explained how the evaluation competency framework as well as the overall evaluation process are now gender-responsive and how this has contributed to an increased UN SWAP score of evaluation at UNODC. Ms. Kayser stated that "by integrating gender equality and women's empowerment aspects into all methods and tools, and favouring a collaborative and reciprocal approach, gender responsive evaluations become a driver of positive change towards gender equality and the empowerment of women".
The chief of the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS), Ilias Chatzis, welcomed the role of evaluation in strengthening UNODC's understanding of gender issues. He emphasised the importance of gender mainstreaming in the work of HTMSS and outlined how UNODC mainstreams gender throughout its counter human trafficking and migrant smuggling work.
Central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the commitment made by Member States to leaving no one behind. Ensuring that this commitment is translated into effective action requires a precise understanding of target populations and application of targeted interventions where inequalities are identified. Over the last decade, the profile of trafficking victims has changed: Although most detected victims are still women, children and men are considered to make up a larger share compared to a decade ago. In parallel, the share of victims who are trafficked for forced labour has also increased, with the majority of victims being men.Evaluations and transformative programming are therefore essential to improve learning and institutional effectiveness, transparency, accountability and informed decision-making in support of achieving gender-responsive and equitable development results for women, men, girls and boys.