Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)

A Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) approach is systematically integrated into the programme portfolio and the institutional arrangements of the Embassy in order to challenge prevalent power relations and to advance the socio-economic and political status of women and discriminated groups. These objectives are achieved by (a) promoting political leadership and decision making by women and discriminated groups; (b) improve their access to assets, services, and state resources; (c) strengthening capacity and understanding of right holders, duty bearers and responsibility bearers to achieve a systemic transformation of institutions; (d) enhancing the institutional competence of the Embassy and its projects and partners for a systemic application of the transversal themes; and (e) improving monitoring, GESI statistics, and evidence based policy advocacy and knowledge management and learning systems.

The systemic transformation of institutions is supported by building knowledge, skills and behaviours of duty bearers to plan, implement and monitor policies and programmes that address the needs and concerns of women and discriminated groups. Switzerland continues its technical support to the International Development Partner GESI Working Group and to other stakeholders through research and capacity development initiatives on GESI in the context of federalism.