MRC Hosts a Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in its Work with a new Action Plan

AKP Phnom Penh, October 13, 2017 —

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat organised yesterday in Vientiane, Laos, the MRC Gender Action Plan Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop for Mainstreaming Gender in the Organisation.

According to a press release of MRC, the two-day workshop (Oct. 12-13) attracted experts of the MRC Secretariat, and other partners to discuss the MRC Gender Action Plan developed by the MRC Secretariat.

The workshop further provides an opportunity for the National Mekong Committee Secretariats to develop and strengthen their own Action Plans to align with the MRC Gender Action Plan.

It is an enriching experience where participants heard from the experts and exchanged views from one another as to why gender mainstreaming is fundamental to natural and water resource development and management.

“The MRC uptakes ‘gender’ as a critical ingredient in achieving an economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound Mekong River Basin” said Officer in Charge of the MRC Secretariat Dr Tien Truong Hong. “We recognise men and women play different roles in development and have different needs, interests, and access to water and natural resources.”

The MRC’s commitment in Gender mainstreaming dates to a decade back, guided by the MRC Gender Strategy and Policy that was endorsed in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Recognising ‘gender’ as a national priority to increase equitable economic and social development outcomes, riparian countries have also developed their national gender strategies and plans.

The MRC Gender Action Plan builds on these policy and strategy to ensure gender dimension is mainstreamed in both technical and institutional levels. These means strengthening technical capacity and accountability system for gender mainstreaming in MRC technical work; promoting gender sensitive organizational culture and working environment while also generating commitment of the leadership. Examples of gender integration in key MRC activities include sex-disaggregated data collection, monitoring, development of guidelines and strategies that address different impacts to men and women as needed.

MRC is the intergovernmental organisation established to promote cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam.

By Khan Sophirom

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