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Guidelines for a Gender Analysis: Human Rights with a Gender Perspective, Implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Publisher: United Nations [UN] Commission on the Status of Women .
Publication Date: Jan 2000
Despite the failure of the Unite States (US) to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the City and County of San Francisco introduced a regulation to implement CEDAW at the local level. As part of the implementation, the City department must undertake a gender analysis of its budget allocations, service delivery, and employment practices. These guidelines, specifically drawn up for San Francisco, show how gender analysis of budget allocations can be conducted at the local level. They act as a guide to undertaking a five-stage process: gender-disaggregated data collection; analysis of how gender is integrated into the operations of the department and its impact on the community; development of recommendations and an action plan; and monitoring. The methods and tools for completion of each step are laid out in the guidelines, and support materials are provided. In steps one and two, for example, which deal with data collection and conducting the gender analysis, detailed sets of questions are provided to pose to city/county departments. Suggestions are made on how to lay out the data in pre-set tables. In describing all five stages, participatory methods are encouraged, including conducting focus groups and interviewing community groups at the data collection stage, soliciting members of the public to comment on the analysis, and expanding training and recruitment programmes for under-represented groups.

San Francisco CEDAW Ordinance:
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CEDAW Action Plan (2003):
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