Siyanda Update: Gender and Local Governance - Issue No. 76, May 2009

Siyanda Update: Gender and Local Governance - Issue No. 76, May 2009

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: May 2009


In This Issue:

I. Special Feature: New Translations - BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on 'Gender and Governance' in French, Spanish and Portuguese
II. Quick Guide: Gender and Local Governance
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts with interests in gender and local governance issues
IV. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

I. Special Feature: New Translations - BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on 'Gender and Governance' in French, Spanish and Portuguese
Now translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese, this Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking on gender and governance, including how we can ensure that the principles of inclusive, accountable governance go beyond rhetoric.

It includes an Overview Report outlining key challenges and opportunities for change, a Supporting Resources Collection providing summaries of key texts, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations, and a Gender and Development In Brief Bulletin with three short articles on the theme. See:

II. Quick Guide: Gender and Local Governance
The following resources are a selection from over 25 resources added to the Siyanda database on gender and local governance:

- Putting National Gender-based Violence Legislation into Practice in the Philippines (in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese), Victa-Labajo, M., April 2009
How have new laws passed in the Philippines, which grant the state power to intervene in cases of household violence or abuse against women, helped in the struggle against gender-based violence (GBV)?

- A User's Guide to Measuring Gender-sensitive Basic Service Delivery, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), January 2009
This guide provides a framework for developing governance indicators in the gender-sensitive delivery of basic services and includes case studies, good practice and tools.

- Political Learning through Women’s Experiences in Local Governments: The Case of Central American Path to Learning, United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW), January 2008
This report documents the Paths to Learning training methodology by which women from local governments and civil society organisations learn directly from visiting Latin American municipalities that incorporated a gender perspective into service provision, legislation and affirmative action.

- Women Building Peace and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict-Affected Contexts: A Review of Community-Based Approaches, The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), January 2007
This study analyses women's engagement in peace-building processes and focuses on five areas: increasing access to reconciliation mechanisms; conflict resolution initiatives; justice; access to support services; and conflict monitoring systems.

- Participation of Indigenous Women in Governance Processes and Local Governments. Case Studies: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru (in Spanish), International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), January 2006
This study aims to mainstream lessons learnt about indigenous women's participation in governance processes and in local governments and to identify critical areas of intervention to strengthen indigenous women's participation in local governance.

- Decentralizing Government and Centralizing Gender in Southern Africa: Lessons from the South African Experience, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), August 2005
Is the local governance arena conducive to the pursuit of gender equality? This paper explains some of the issues and challenges, with reference to the African context.

- Gender and Decentralised Governance, Institute of Federalism, June 2005
This overview and annotated bibliography defines the concepts of governance, decentralisation and gender, describes various challenges in engendering decentralised governance and highlights some donor responses to these issues.

You can find other key resources related to gender and local governance in Siyanda at:

The next Siyanda Update, in June 2009, will focus on Europe. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and local governance issues.
The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

Each profile contains the Expert’s contact details and areas of expertise, and highlights their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have expertise around gender and local governance issues:

- Gender in Local Government: A Sourcebook for Trainers, Khosla, P., 2008
- Gender Equity and Local Governance. A Study of the San Salvador Gender Equity Policy, Clulow, M., February 2003
- Governance and Local Government with Equity, Montesdeoca, E., 2003
- Manual Gender and Local Governance, Evertzen, A., 2001
- Women's Representation in Local Governments in Pakistan: Impact Analysis and Future Policy Implications, Yazdani, F., no date

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

- Search the database:

IV. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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