Gender mainstreaming is a necessary process in all development projects. More specifically, gender mainstreaming is a fundamental part of climate change action solutions and sustainable development initiatives.
The MINARET project strives to be in line with the strategies of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5: Gender Equality) in order to assure that gender mainstreaming is done according to the global sustainable goals for gender equality while simultaneously tackling the issue of climate change action.
The activities of MINARET project have been designed to have a gender perspective that considers the different realities and needs of men and women equally. More specifically, a gender assessment was conducted in each of the project countries in order to have actual information regarding the local municipalities’ knowledge on gender and development, the gender roles and expectations of each country specially involving the use of energy and water, as well as the existing laws that mention gender and gender equality.
The strategic targets in MINARET Gender Strategy are:
- Women’s economic empowerment
- Increased access to resources and knowledge
- Women’s participation in decision-making processes
MINARET Gender Strategy targets are set to respond to (SDG 5) targets:
- 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
- 5.A: Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws.
- 5.B: Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
MINARET conducted gender assessments for Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
Based on those Gender Assessments; MINARET developed a regional strategic action plan for the three municipalities (Karak in Jordan, Jdaidet el Chouf in Lebanon and Monastir in Tunisia) that included analysis of the findings and lessons learned from the gender assessments, to identify the main strategies for MINARET projects. After identifying the main necessary gender mainstreaming targets for the project according to the findings, follow up on activities and suggestions were made to assure that MINARET will provide results in line with the global sustainable development goals (SDGs) for gender equality.