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Title: COMMITMENT OF GOVERNMENT OF MALDIVES FOR EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN Ministry of Gender and Family


1
COMMITMENT OF GOVERNMENT OF MALDIVES FOR
EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN Ministry of Gender and
Family
2
GAD Policy in the Maldives
  • The National Machinery for the advancement of
  • Women is the Ministry of Gender and Family.
  • The mandate of the Ministry focuses on
  • Gender mainstreaming for effective inclusion of
    gender concerns in all policies, programmes and
    projects and,
  • Eliminating all existing gender disparities
    through active promotion of gender equity and
    equality, and where necessary, affirmative action.

3
Priorities of the National Machinery
  • Adopting a comprehensive Gender Policy
  • Gender sensitization
  • Strengthening the GMS
  • Encouraging male participation
  • Addressing Gender Based Violence
  • Analysing data and identifying and addressing
    gender disparities
  • Identifying present and emerging gender issues

4
Ministry of Gender and Family is party to
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
    Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • Beijing Platform for Action
  • Commonwealth Plan of Action
  • Sanya Decleration

5
Gender Mainstreaming and Institutionalizing
Womens Development
  • Gender Management System was put in place in
    2001, with the establishment of the Gender
    Equality Council and Gender Focal Points.
  • Island Womens Development Committees
  • Sixth National Development Plan reaffirms gender
    mainstreaming as a priority issue
  • Draft 7th NDP Gender issue covered across
    sectors as a cross cutting issues.
  • A National Gender Policy formulated and endorsed
    by the Cabinet
  • Family Law of 2001

6
Empowerment of Women
  • Loan Schemes for women
  • Empowerment Project assisted by the UNFPA
  • Revolving Fund Loan scheme funded by Government

  • 3rd round for Male in March 2006
  • 1st round for Atoll Ga. Villigili April 2006
  • Restoration of Womens livelihood

7
CHALLENGES
  • The massive tsunami that inundated the region set
    back the country by several years of development.

  • Considerable damage to health and education
    facilities, with significant implications for
    women and girls, such as in the area of
    reproductive health, issues of access to
    alternative options for education etc
  • detrimental effects to the livelihoods of women,
    with considerable damages to SMEs where women
    predominate.

8
CHALLENGES
  • The traditional beliefs that exist in the society
    act as a deterrent for people to fully accept the
    concept of gender equality.
  • A strong legislative framework is also needed to
    protect the rights of women.
  • The MGF, as the lead agency for gender issues,
    needs to be strengthened in order to effectively
    coordinate gender mainstreaming activities and
    provide technical support for line ministries.
  • Easy access banking facilities in the island
    communities and special loan opportunities for
    women for income generating activities
  • Marketing opportunities

9
Thank You!
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