Human Rights and Gender Equality


The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) contributes to mainstreaming gender equality in UNODC through the implementation of gender responsive evaluations. Gender-responsive evaluations not only identify inequalities or areas of improvement but offer opportunities, recommendations and support to address such. Evaluation is in the position to act as an agent of change by assessing the efforts and opportunities, providing evidence based information to support transformative gender equality in the organization. 

To meet UN SWAP Evaluation requirements, to ensure gender responsive evaluations and move towards transformative change, IES maintains identified good practices for gender responsive evaluations and has mainstreamed gender equality in all evaluation processes, guidelines, templates and evaluation-based knowledge products.Gender parity has been reached in the use of female evaluators and experts for In-depth evaluations.  Female representation in the evaluation process as key stakeholders has also increased, due to systematic follow up to the recording of gender-disaggregated data as well as outreach to female stakeholders. The UN Gender SWAP Evaluation Performance Indicators are further integrated in the annual external independent quality assessments of all published UNODC evaluation reports, showing that Gender Equality " met the requirements" in all evaluations.


Concrete actions to include gender in UNODC evaluations as well as ways to address identified challenges in implementing gender related evaluation recommendations. 

Project/program managers: Guidance Brief; 2-page info-graphic sheet

Evaluators: Guidance Brief; 2-page info-graphic sheet

2-minute video on gender-responsive evaluations at UNODC


Human rights, social justice and gender equality approaches are not only an essential aspect of the 2030 Agenda, but also at the forefront of the Global Evaluation Agenda. Evaluation has a critical role to play in assessing these dimensions and showing what works and why. 

Evaluation has a critical role to play in assessing human rights provisions and showing what works and why. In line with Evaluation Norms and Standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), all UNODC independent evaluations contain a dedicated section on human rights and the whole evaluation process needs to fully incorporate human rights considerations. UNODC evaluations assess to what extent interventions were guided by human rights standards and principles. All evaluation teams are further required to have human rights and gender knowledge.