The Gender Equality Seal
About the Gender Equality Seal
The UNDP Gender Equality Seal is a corporate certification process that recognizes the good performance of UNDP Country Offices in delivering transformational gender equality results. It rests on the insight that increasing synergies between different domains of gender mainstreaming can catalyse both organisational transformation and development results. It generates a comprehensive snapshot of the competence, credibility and contribution of the concerned office to promoting gender equality.
The Seal is a global brand that aims to be recognized by government counterparts, civil society partners, donors and the public as a guarantee of UNDP’s commitment, expertise and effectiveness in protecting and advancing women's rights and gender equality.
Adoption of the UNDP Gender Equality Seal
In 2014, the Uganda Country Office signed up for the Global UNDP Gender Equality Seal (GES) programme. A gender assessment of the country office followed thereafter and came up with an action plan for meeting the set benchmarks and standards for the Gender Equality Seal.
As part of efforts to meet these requirements, the country office developed a Gender Equality Strategy (2014-2017) and an action plan. These documents guide a 15-member Gender Focal Point Team (GFT), chaired by the Country Director with representatives from both programmes and operations sections, on how to take pro-active measures for mainstreaming gender in our management systems, decision-making bodies, communication and knowledge management, human resources, learning and capacity building, programming and projects, partnerships and inter-agency support to other UN agencies. We were identified as a potential gold office by the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa in 2015, and efforts are underway to ready the country office for Gold Certification under the UNDP Gender Equality Seal.
Taking the Gender equality seal to private and public enterprises
Apart from facilitating Country offices to mainstream gender into their programmes and management processes, the Gender Equality Seal (GES) also promotes investment in systems that integrate gender equality into the work environment and business strategies of public and private enterprises.
The Gender Equality Seal certification programme provides private companies a mechanism to level the playing field for both women and men at the work place. It also helps companies to make their human resource management systems equitable and more gender sensitive.
Working to achieve the Gender Equality Seal helps management of private companies understand how their decisions affect female staff compared to male colleagues; how gender pay gaps come about and how to work out a work life balance for employees.
Uganda was the first country in Africa to endorse the gender equality seal for private enterprises. In August 2016, the Private Sector Foundation in Uganda (PSFU) signed up to the Gender Equality Seal and offered to have its members implement it.
When PSFU members adopt the Gender Equality Seal, it will position them as businesses that sustain value for shareholders and customers while demonstrating lasting commitment to sustainable competiveness for sustainable development. By closing gender gaps across business functions, companies will boost employee productivity, customer satisfaction, create an inclusive corporate climate and business practices that attract and retain talent plus clientele.
Government and the Gender Equality Seal
For Government, the Gender Equality Seal complements the Gender and Equity Certificate that is used to assess the gender responsiveness of sector plans and budgets, as provided for by the Public Finance Management Act (PFM2014).