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Overview

Background
The GIMPA Gender Development and Resource Centre (GDRC) is mandated to spearhead mainstreaming gender into GIMPA’s institutional level and all its programmes, in the area of training, research and education and to consolidate the gains achieved through earlier gender initiatives. Since its birth on June 2nd 2008, the Centre has consciously mainstreamed gender in training for public sector officials, a cadre of gender experts for both the private and public sector to act as catalysts for change. Currently, it is adding to its repertoire, research into gender issues that will help to bring changes to policy frame work and national development. Education brings enlightenment that facilitates a change; as such the GDRC is investing in knowledge acquisition on gender issues and is in the process of making gender studies a part of the courses taught within the institution.

At GIMPA our Mandate on gender is in line with the UN Sustainable developmental Goals (SDGs) on Gender Equality

Being the fourth Goal for the UN 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDGs), the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) takes the gender dimension seriously. It sees the inclusion and the utilisation of all human capital as the only way to achieving sustainable development. Women as well as men, have the potential to contribute to the economic advances, social progress and environmental protection of our world, but in the past women’s contribution have been marginalised. Therefore finding ways to engaging and using the skills and talents potential of the world’s female population could increase economic growth, reduce poverty, enhance societal well-being, and help ensure sustainable development in all countries. Failure to do this will result in underinvesting in the human capital needed to assure sustainability. A way forward of closing the gender gap is to educate and inform government policies to take gender dimensions into account in every sphere of their operations.

The Gender Development and the Resource Centre at GIMPA is committed to fostering training programmes, research topics, educational and advocacy issues that sustain the UNSDG on gender equality. We are mandated to help increase human capital and capacity and enhance understanding on the 3 dimension of sustainable development, including:

  • Economic
  • Social
  • Environmental

In line with UNCSD, our programmes on education, research, training and advocacy, aim at exploring the various aspects of sustainable development from gender perspective. This includesthe place of men/women in our society, highlights on the economic costs of allowing gender gaps to persist, emphasis on how both men’s/women’s contributions can be recognised and fully utilised, as well as developing strategies that can help meet the needs of future generations, women and men alike.


Areas of focus:
Currently, the centre operates in four main areas, namely, Research, Education, Training, Policy and Advocacy.

In Research
We undertake to do research for any institution/organisation that requires our services. Topics for such research may be restricted to gender and prices are negotiable
Our current on-going research topic on the health implications on child pregnancy is prompted by our desire to reconsider some of the constraints to girls’ education that engender unequal access to social privileges. It also considers the health effect on the child would-be mother, economic cost on their family and the implications for the Department of Health and the nation largely. The outcome of the research is geared towards equipping young girls with knowledge-based understanding of the risks involved in unprotected sex, empower families with the skills to deal with family crisis and other issues that drive these young persons to the street. Significantly, it aims at informing a policy framework geared towards providing interventional programs that support teenagers on their sexual health needs and foster effective engagement with child/teenage sexual health issues.

In Education
The GIMPA Gender Development and Resource Centre is meeting the growing demand for expertise in gender issues by the providing Master’s in Arts in Gender and Sustainable Development by 2016. Also as a base for all degree studies, it is introducing programme in Gender Development in African Societies as a pre-requisite programme in Gender Studies.

Our on-going training programme covers

  • Management and Supervisory Skills         Feb. 16-18, 2016   (3 days)   
  • Women in Management (Middle Level)    Feb. 15-26, 2016   (2 weeks)
  • Women in Management (Senior Level)     Feb. 22- Mar. 4, 2016 (2 weeks)  
  • Certificate in Gender, 5th-30th September, 2016 (4 Weeks)
  • Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization - Date to be confirmed
  • Interpersonal Skills for Team development- Date to be confirmed

Forms for our programmes: www.gimpa.edu.gh; admissions; gender forms

Our Advocacy programmes
These cover issues involving both men and women. And they cover broader issues about access to social facilities including education, health, employment, housing issues, domesticity, social inequality, bullying, abuse, cheating, etc.

In March 2016, we aim to organise a workshop that equip women leaders with skills potentials that allow them to equip women under their authority with the necessary confidence, empowering and developmental skills to better their lives

Our doors are open to both male and females within our institute (students, faculty members, senior members and the other staff) who may be going through forms of abuse at their work setting. We take such matters seriously and a committee will investigate these and take appropriate action.

Consultation:
Wednesdays from 9am to 4pm. This is strictly by appointment; call the office extension number on 2207 or the Gender Coordinator on 2299, or email gendercenter@gimpa.edu.gh to make an appointment to see the Gender Coordinator. Allowances are made for emergencies and it is only by telephone calls.

Issues may border around work related problems, unfair dismissal, bullying, sexual harassment and other forms of intimidations, unequal treatment, and unjust restriction to accessing common resources (list not exhausted)

Benefits when you visit:
Useful professional/unbiased advice, conducive and nonthreatening environment that allows you to share your experiences, access to useful telephone numbers, leaflets that contain important information, etc.

Other Upcoming Activities

International Women’s Day Celebration:
All are invited to join us celebrate International Women’s day on the 8th of March to watch a film  and l discuss evolving issues from gender perspective for mutual interest and benefits.

Please indicate your interest so we can cater for you.
Call the Gender Coordinator on extension no. 2299 or the Assistant registrar on 1024 or email at gendercenter@gimpa.edu.gh.

A two day conference in October 2016:
On the topic:  Gender Mainstreaming and 21st Century Tertiary Education: Reconsidering the socio-political economic and cultural structures in tertiary education for sustainable development.
Further information and a call for paper will be published soon
Our Achievements

  • The Gender Centre has worked in collaboration with the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a Gender Policy and an Action Plan to mainstream gender into GIMPA as an Institution and the Public Sector.
  • The Centre has successfully integrated Gender Studies into all programmes run by the GIMPA School of Public Service and Governance (GSPSG).
  • The Gender Centre was the executing agent for the four-year Gender Responsive Skills and Community Development Project (GRSCDP) for the Government of Ghana through the then Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs.

The Gender Centre has continuously collaborated with the DANIDA fellowship to train Women in Management for women in Non-Governmental Organisations, Private and Public sectors to provide insight into how to develop strategies to implement equal opportunities as women leaders.

Summary of activities hoping to achieve this academic year:

  • Reviewing GIMPA’s Gender Policy
  • Researching and designing a Sexual Harassment Policy for the University
  • A collaborative research on the Health Implications of Child/ Pregnancies in Ghana.
  • A one day workshop on Life Skills for regional and district women in leadership to help them empower women under their remit.
  • A two day conference