Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
Promoting Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
A cooperation arrangement that aimed to promote policy reforms, strengthen institutional capacities, and mobilize communities in support of gender equality.

Challenges

The 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, was a major milestone for women’s rights and empowerment. There is increasing evidence that when women are empowered, economies grow faster and families are healthier and better-educated.  However, in many countries, gender inequality persists and remains a big challenge. Through the exchange of knowledge and experiences, countries can address existing gaps and shape policies, practices and services relating to social protection, violence against women and economic empowerment, among others.

Towards a Solution

In collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland's Department for International Development, Brazil and Mozambique embarked on a joint initiative with the following objectives:

  • Support institutional capacity development in the formulation and implementation of public policies and strategies that promote women’s economic autonomy in Mozambique. · Contribute to strengthen institutional capacities to provide integrated responses to violence against women (VAW); and
  • Support community participation and social mobilization in women’s economic empowerment and responses to VAW.

Results

Best practices of Brazil’s 20-year experience in social protection and the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment through legislation, policies and programmes were shared for adaptation, as appropriate. These include, among others, initiatives such as the Bolsa Família (conditional income transfer programme), “Mulher, Viver sem Violência”- a multi-sectoral programme to end VAW, and social policies targeting rural women.

Demonstrating the two-way flow of learning, Brazilian partners were introduced to Mozambique’s inter-sectoral coordination arrangements of the National Council on the Advancement of Women and to the Single Registration Form (ficha única) for VAW survivors - a tool to avoid re-victimization by ensuring all services collect and share information on cases.

The cross-country exchange resulted in a wide range of initiatives in Mozambique, including mobilization of key stakeholders in raising awareness on VAW and advocacy strategies promoting the commitment of authorities to strengthen social protection systems.

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Contact Information

Ms. Ana Claudia Pereira, Gender, Race and South-South Cooperation Advisor, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Brazil | Mr. Jaime Nadal Roig, Head of Office, UNFPA Brazil

Countries involved

Brazil, Mozambique, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Supported by

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Brazil, UNFPA Mozambique Department for International Development (DFID), UN Women (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Implementing Entities

Secretariat of Policies for Women, Brazil; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mozambique; Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action, Mozambique; Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), coordinating various participating Brazilian institutions

Project Status

Ongoing

Project Period

2017

Primary SDG

05 - Gender Equality

Secondary SDGs

03 - Good Health and Well-being, 04 - Quality Education, 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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