The head of the Ministry’s Gender Department discusses the need for more gender aware programs and policy
Afghanistan’s Urban Development Ministry finds out how to be more gender sensitive when distributing houses
29 AUGUST 2013 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
CHALLENGE Afghanistan’s Ministry of Urban Development is unable to pursue gender-sensitive procedures, notably in housing distribution. This is partly because there are very few women in key positions at the Ministry. The Afghan government is acutely aware of the gender gap. It wants 30 per cent of all employees to be women by 2014. Women currently account for just 18 per cent.
INITIATIVE USAID’S Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project assessed the Urban Development Ministry’s departments including Gender, Norms and Standards, Program Management Unit, Construction Affairs, Procurement, Urban Development and Human Resources. LARA’s Gender Unit provided specific recommendations, including greater involvement of the Ministry’s Gender Department in planning and decision-making.
RESULTS Officials admitted that the Ministry did not have a gender policy and did not involve its Gender Department in key policy and program meetings. The Ministry is committed to working towards greater gender-responsiveness.