“Growing your leadership capacity demands personal effectiveness. Being effective is the ability to do the right thing at all times, no matter the cost.” ― Benjamin SuulolaAimed at doing the right thing at all times in order to realize its vision and mission to mainstream gender and development in the Bureau through the four (4) entry points of gender mainstreaming: policy; people; enabling mechanisms; and programs, activities, and projects (PAPs), 22 women and 5 men FMB personnel, including the members of the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) - Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS), joined the Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (EGMEF) Workshop and GAD Mid-Year Assessment on July 24-27, 2018 at Pasig City.
EGMEF was introduced by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) as a tool that will measure the extent of gender mainstreaming efforts of national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs). EGMEF assists the GFPS members in measuring gains and successes and identify areas for improvement in the way gender and development (GAD) perspective is mainstreamed in their respective organizations.
“Capacity development is the most practical tool and intervention which could change awareness, knowledge, skill and behavior in relation to gender. It concerns with developing skills, capacity to translate such awareness into very specific tools that can be used into practice. Likewise, capacity development is a methodology of consciousness raising and empowerment of women and men, individually or collectively, or as a way of making project design and implementation or service delivery more gender sensitive or as a means to effect institutional changes”, said Ms. Ma. Theresa A. Hernandez, GAD Resource Person from Batangas State University (BSU).
The Workshop cum Mid-Year Assessment was a four-day learning event which included various topics on Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) of 2009, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (UN CEDAW), Gender Mainstreaming (GA), Tools and entry points, and EGMEF. Said workshop accomplished the following objectives:
- Capacitate FMB’s personnel and GFPS members on the use, application, interpretation and updating of the results of GMEF;
- Review FMB’s 2016 GMEF scores;
- Assess FMB’s 2017 gender mainstreaming; and
- Identify specific interventions/means of verification (MOV) to improve FMB’s GMEF low scores.