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 the policy framework 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 Development 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 talent 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 of the 3 dimensions of sustainable development, including:
In line with UNCSD, our programmes on education, research, training and advocacy, aim at exploring the various aspects of sustainable development from a gender perspective. This includes the place of men/women in our society, highlights on the economic costs of allowing gender gaps to persist, emphasis on how both men/women 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.
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, the 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 a knowledge based understanding of the risks involved in unprotected sex, empower families with the skills to deal with a 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.