Measuring the long-term gender impact of programmes can be dificult. This is especially true in the UNODC mandated areas of crime prevention, terrorism prevention, criminal justice, transnational organised crime and in drug-related policies.This is due to the frequent lack of diversity in the workforce, with female professionals often being underrepresented and consequently resulting in progress towards gender equality being gradual. Therefore, it is key that we understand exactly what has worked and what can be done better. To achieve this, the UNODC Gender Team has developed a set of model gender-responsive indicators targeted to the above-mentioned areas, to provide guidance and support gender mainstreaming efforts. In line with UNODC's Gender Strategy, staff were also provided with guidance on how to effectively utilise the handbook and integrate a gender perspective into all aspects of their work.
The UNODC Handbook: Framework to measure and report on gender-related SDG results has been published to provide a better understanding of progress towards gender equality in UNODC mandated areas. Improving efforts to measure the progress and comparison of gender equality linked to normative, research and technical assistance support provided by UNODC, ensures the better usage of resources, both financial and human and improves the monitoring and reporting of a programme.
"Gender Indicators ensure stronger accountability. They provide a clear picture of what works and what needs to be adjusted and can therefore guide managers and other stakeholders in making interventions gender-responsive, and consequently more succesful".
- Hanna Sands, Programme Coordinator, UNODC Gender Team
Even though the Handbook has been developed to measure progress on gender equality in the UNODC context, it is also useful for Member States, civil society organisations, academia, and other UN entities to support the achievement of national, regional and international gender-related priorities, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. What is more, the Handbook compliments other UNODC Gender Team publications such as the UNODC Guidance Note to support gender mainstreaming in programmes and the UNODC Gender Thematic Briefs, which have been developed to strengthen the understanding of gender aspects in the UNODC mandated areas.
Gender mainstreaming aims to ensure that gender equality is achieved for all people, in all areas and at all levels of an intervention. It ensures that the concerns and experiences of women, girls, men and boys are an integral part of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes. Therefore, it is vital that within UNODC programmes, the diverse needs and capacities of all people are addressed. Gender indicators can therefore place different gender considerations at the forefront of any given programme, project or activity and allows us to access and compare progress being made towards the achievement of gender equality.
Read more about what gender indicators are and how to apply them in the Handbook here.
UNODC gratefully acknowledges the support of the governments of Australia and Sweden for their continued support in promoting gender mainstreaming as their principal strategy for achieving gender equality and women's empowerment and realizing the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.