The Programme for the Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Resilience of Socio-ecologic Systems of the Lake Chad Basin (PRESIBALT) organised a workshop on “Gender and social development” from the 6th to 9th December 2016 in Bongor, Chad, with the assistance of the NGO ‘’Care International’’.
It was the first workshop which will lead to gender mainstreaming in all LCBC projects and programmes. The objective of the workshop was to favour a better understanding of gender related issues and brainstorm on strategies, which aim at optimising the participation of women and youths in the activities of this sub-regional organisation in charge of the sound management of the resources of the Lake Chad basin, regional integration, solidarity, peace building and sustainable development.
PRESIBALT is one of the flagship programmes of LCBC where gender equity has to take centre stage through its institutionalisation in all its activities.
Apart from the LCBC senior staff and experts, all the officials of the regional coordination of PRESIBALT and national coordinations from Cameroon, Niger, Chad and CAR took part in this training session. Selected concepts central to Gender and Development thinking were debated in order to help you explore some of the key ideas and issues in Gender and Development and their implications for policy and practice (Gender Analysis, Gender Discriminations, gender Division of Labor, Gender Equity and Equality, Gender Needs, Gender Planning, Gender relations, Gender Violence, Access to and Control over Resources, and Participation in decision-making…) to enable LCBC’s actors understand gender and take it into account in all their actions, master its relations and transformation, the development approaches and legal framework.
After three days devoted to heated discussions, many participants realised that advancing gender equality drives tremendous gains in health, education, employment, and improved livelihoods – both for women and girls themselves and for their broader families and communities, that both women and men, boys and girls, old and youth should be free to develop their abilities and make choices – without limitations set by rigid gender roles and prejudices – based on personal interests and capacities.
In that context, LCBC should now put particular focus into integration and main streaming of gender issues not only into PRESIBALT but into all its programs and projects, providing for the empowerment of women, eliminating discrimination and achieving gender equality by encouraging and harmonising the development and implementation of gender responsive actions, policies and programmes and projects, while setting realistic, measurable targets, time frames and indicators for achieving gender equality and equity and monitoring and evaluating the progress made on this topic.