Gender Equality Seal for UNDP Entities
The Gender Equality Seal incentivizes UNDP Country Offices to integrate gender equality into all aspects of their development work. Upon completing a range of specific standards, participating UNDP Country Offices can achieve either a Gold, Silver or Bronze level certification. By engaging with the Seal, UNDP Country Offices are better positioned to support government partners and accelerate progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
To receive a Gender Equality Seal, standards must be met in the following seven areas:
- Management Systems;
- In-house Capacities;
- Enabling Environment;
- Communications and Knowledge Management;
- Partnerships; and
- Gender Equality Impact/Results
Country Office achievements are marked by a range of significant contributions to gender equality. For instance, UNDP Cote d’Ivoire (see video available in French) helped to increase the number of women in the Social and Economic Council from 14 percent to 30 percent, and UNDP Afghanistan has contributed to women’s entrepreneurial opportunities in 19 provinces throughout the country.
Additionally, the Gender Equality Seal serves as a learning platform to support UNDP Country Offices with technical guidance to build a strong foundation for gender mainstreaming and to establish baselines, fine-tune strategies, document innovations and showcase the impacts of interventions for gender equality.
Launched in 2011, the Gender Equality Seal has worked with 82 UNDP Country Offices across all regions. Upon completion of every Gender Equality Seal round, the UNDP Gender Team hosts an Awards Ceremony in New York to recognize the progress of participating Country Offices’ work on transformative gender results.
Please contact GenderSeal@UNDP.org for more information.