Women in ICT & ODL: Policies & Action Plans

In any intervention, careful consideration of the potential effects on both girls/women and boys/men is critical. Simply adding a ‘gender equality component’ to existing policies and plans is not sufficient; Instead, the views, experiences, interests and needs of both girls/women and boys/men should shape the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions from the outset.

The Commonwealth of Learning sees this kind of integration of gender considerations into policies and plans as critical to gender mainstreaming. To guide the development of institutional policies and plans that integrate gender mainstreaming in this way, COL has compiled a selection of policies and plans from intergovernmental agencies and institutions to serve as examples for policy makers and planners.

Commonwealth Agencies

Commonwealth of Learning
Gender Policy

Commonwealth Secretariat
Gender Mainstreaming

Association of Commonwealth Universities
Gender Programme

United Nations

FAO – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Gender Policy and Planning
Gender: the key to sustainability and food security

WFP – The World Food Programme
Gender Policy

Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
Gender Mainstreaming

UN Women
Gender Issues

Gender Mainstreaming Resource Centre
Priority gender equality: Action plan 2008-2013

UNICEF – The United Nations Children’s Fund
Gender Equality

Equality Between Women and Men

ILO – The International Labour Organization
Vision for Gender Equality

WHO – The World Health Organisation
Gender Mainstreaming (definitions)
WHO Gender Policy
WHO’s Gender Mainstreaming Strategy

Development Agencies

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Policy on Gender Equality

Promoting opportunities for all: gender equality and women’s empowerment

UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) DFID’s Experience of Gender Mainstreaming: 1995 to 2004
Gender Manual: A Practical Guide, 2008
The Strategic Vision for Girls and Women: One Year On

Development Banks

World Bank
Gender Policies
Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Paper
World Bank Group Action Plan

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Policy on Gender and Development

Inter-American Development Bank
Gender Equality in Development

African Development Bank
Gender Policy

Other Intergovernmental Agencies

Council of Europe
Gender Mainstreaming Policies and Strategies

Gender Equality

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality

European Commission
Gender Equality

International NGOs

CARE – Gender Policy

Oxfam – Policy on Gender Equality


  1. http://stats.uis.unesco.org/unesco/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?
  2. Source: United Nations Economic and Social Council. June 1997. Mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system. Report of the Secretary-General. https://www.un.org/womenwatch/osagi/oSGreports.html

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