Through support of the cross-cutting Gender initiative and the Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) initiative, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in Jamaica developed a six page Gender Equality Policy statement that was recently signed into policy by its CEO after consultations with the Board and senior management. This policy will guide RADA in its efforts to mainstream gender in policies, research, extension activities and in monitoring and evaluation.
The policy development process was preceded by six gender mainstreaming sensitization sessions held in June and September 2015. The workshops focused on creating a basic understanding for staff on gender issues related to RADA’s work. Staff members were also briefed on the contents of the policy during these sessions.