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Key concepts underpinning the GESI strategy include:
Gender Equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women, men, girls and boys. Gender equality is achieved when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.
Social Inclusion is the process of improving the ability, opportunity and dignity of people, disadvantaged on the basis of their identity (such as sex, ethnicity, disability, age, poverty, etc.) to take part in society. Social inclusion can help to achieve multiple development goals simultaneously. It promotes universal rights and capabilities, ensures basic needs are satisfied, promotes full participation, and recognises and respects identity, free from discrimination. In the context of Aus4Equality|GREAT, social inclusion focuses on ethnic minority women, as well as people with disabilities in the target provinces.
Women’s economic empowerment
Strengthening women’s ability and freedoms to make decisions to realise their social and economic rights through meaningful participation, equitable access to resources and reduced time poverty.
GESI will be integrated into the Call for Proposals, Partner Selection Criteria, Design Process and MERL framework and the Program’s objectives to ensure that the Program is mainstreaming GESI across the partner portfolio of interventions, capturing lessons at the Program and activity levels, and feeding that learning back into project design and partnership development.
Aus4Equality|GREAT will adopt a twin track approach for GESI in line with DFAT’s global priorities for gender equality and women’s empowerment and the Australia in Vietnam’s Gender Equality Strategy (2016-2020):
- GESI Mainstreaming addresses gender and inclusion across all Program and partner activities and interventions, by mainstreaming core GESI principles and guidelines into all Program decision making processes. For example, this could include ensuring that all partners’ proposals are screened and assessed with the GESI checklist, and that they prepare a GESI action plan to address any gaps; ensuring that training and consultation events are held in a place and time that is appropriate for ethnic minority women to actively participate, and that women and ethnic minorities are proportionally represented in all Program activities.
- GESI Targeting addresses specific gender gaps in access to services, risks, benefits and opportunities. This include identification of specific gender issues and setting GESI targets for interventions in the partners workplans, monitoring their implementation and achievements. The project will work with organisations that work with people with disabilities, or that aim to protect vulnerable women and girls from gender based violence and trafficking. It can also include quotas for women and ethnic minorities in partner organisations’ decision making and management positions, and all Program activities.