Gender Mainstreaming Checklist
Gender mainstreaming is not meant to be an extra task, but rather it is the incorporation of gender perspective as one of our mainstream consideration factors in our daily work process. It is most important that we have good gender awareness and sensitivity and can identify the different perspectives and needs of both genders.
Gender Mainstreaming Checklist for Government Staff
To assist government officers to implement gender mainstreaming, the Women's Commission has developed a Gender Mainstreaming Checklist for Government staff after taking into account overseas experience and local situation. The Checklist is an analytical tool containing a set of simple questions to assist us in considering the different needs and perspectives of both genders in a more systematic way during the process of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies.
The Checklist is intended to be applicable to all policies, legislations and programmes. Whilst it is not tailor-made for individual bureau and department, it allows consistency in application and sets a benchmark for evaluation. Furthermore, it can be applied to both new and existing policy, legislation and programme.
Since 2002, the Administration has applied the Gender Mainstreaming Checklist to various policy or programme areas. Up to now, the Checklist has been applied to many specific policy or programmes areas. Apart from adopting the Checklist, staff of many bureaux and departments have also applied the gender mainstreaming concept in the course of their daily work, taking into account the needs and perspectives of both genders.
Gender Mainstreaming Checklist for Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Social Welfare Sector
The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched a pilot scheme in February 2016 to encourage NGOs in the social welfare sectors to apply gender mainstreaming when formulating policies and programmes.
An NGO, upon award of an SWD project, is required to complete and return Part One of the Gender Mainstreaming Checklist for conducting gender assessment on the project design and implementation. Part Two of the Gender Mainstreaming Checklist is about conducting a gender assessment on the monitoring, evaluation and review of the project. If the project is completed within one year, the NGO has to complete and return Part Two of the Gender Mainstreaming Checklist after completion of the project. If the project takes more than one year for completion, the NGO has to complete and return Part Two of the Gender Mainstreaming Checklist after the first year of implementation of the project. All Gender Mainstreaming Checklists (Part One and Part Two) completed have to be returned to the SWD office responsible for awarding the project, which will forward the completed Checklists to the Labour and Welfare Bureau. The arrangement of this pilot scheme shall not affect the entry qualification and result of award or the future bids for SWD projects submitted by the NGOs concerned. The Gender Mainstreaming Checklists are given below:
Gender Mainstreaming Checklist for NGOs in the Social Welfare Sector (Part One)
(for completion upon award of a SWD project)
Gender Mainstreaming Checklist for NGOs in the Social Welfare Sector (Part Two)
(for completion after completion of project or after the first year of implementation of the project)
Examples of policy or programme areas that have applied the Checklist or the gender mainstreaming concept can be found in the next section.