Gender competency

Developing frontline workers’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful professional activity that promote gender equality

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UNICEF

About

UNICEF’s Gender Policy (2021-2030), Gender Action Plan (2022-2025), and Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action emphasize UNICEF’s commitment to promoting gender equality around the world and recognize the integral role that frontline workers play in transforming harmful gender roles and practices.

Frontline workers that provide essential services to the affected population need to possess a unique set of skills and competencies to navigate the complexities and demands of diverse populations in humanitarian action. Gender competency has proven to be essential for setting up and running response services for survivors, prioritizing women and girls’ needs and voices, as well as bringing a sustainable transformative change for the affected population. Gender competency requires the application of appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in daily work and interactions to communicate and treat people equitably and produce more equal agency and decision-making for women, men, girls, and boys, regardless of age, relationship status, or other factors.

UNICEF in Ukraine, together with the Gender Culture Center, developed a package of materials on role-specific gender competency for different categories of frontline workers to support developing of their knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful professional activity that promote gender equality. 

Author: UNICEF

Publication date: January 2024

Language: Ukrainian