Gender equality – gender and women's rights

A man and a woman having a discussion in a working group on gender issues in Bangladesh
The SDC is committed to gender equality in all its projects and strategies. © SDC

Gender inequality is one of the greatest obstacles to sustainable development, economic growth and poverty reduction. According to international estimates, 70% of people living in extreme poverty are women. The SDC is helping to ensure that women and men have the same right to develop their potential and can use their resources in a meaningful way.

Poverty continues to have a distinct gender dimension: according to international studies, about 70% of people living in extreme poverty are women. Unequal rights and social norms put many women and girls at a disadvantage in terms of access to health and education. They often work under precarious conditions, in less productive sectors and without social insurance. In addition, they earn less than men.

Women also have less influence on social, political and economic decision-making processes and often experience gender-based violence, discrimination and exclusion.

The SDC is committed to equal rights and conditions for women and men, and integrates men and boys into its work on gender issues. These concerns are reflected in its transversal approach i.e. in all SDC projects and strategies. Priority areas are conflicts, fragile contexts, the economy and politics.

The SDC's commitment to gender equality is based on national and international guidelines and Switzerland's obligations, particularly the article on equality in the Federal Constitution (Art. 8, para. 3, Federal Constitution from 1999) and the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) from 1979.

 

Gender and women's rights in conflict situations and fragile contexts

The SDC implements UN Resolution 1325; priority areas are the prevention of and protection against gender-based violence in conflict situations and women's participation in peace processes.

Strengthening women's political participation

The SDC is helping to ensure that women and men can fulfil their obligations as equal citizens.

Access to natural resources, education and income

Women play a key role in poverty reduction and food security. To achieve this, they need access to natural resources, training and services.

Instruments for gender mainstreaming

"Gender Tool Kit" and thematic aid

Documents

Current projects

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Confronting and combating gender-based violence in Mongolia

Two female Mongolian social workers.

01.05.2016 - 30.04.2020

Gender-based violence has been on the rise in Mongolia since the turn of the millennium. Yet because of a serious lack of data, the extent of the phenomenon is difficult to assess and a culture of impunity continues to hold sway.  The SDC plans to conduct a national survey to address this problem.  At the same time, it intends to strengthen institutions, put in place appropriate services and raise public awareness.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mongolia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Legal and judicial development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Protection and access
Access to information incl. support to media and ICT

01.05.2016 - 30.04.2020


CHF 4'390'000



Forging a common ‘Nile culture’ through music and academic training

Nile Project musicians on a boat.

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017

To make the Nile Basin a common ground and shared ecosystem for the inhabitants of the eleven countries through which the Nile River flows, the SDC supports the innovative musical and educational Nile Project. The project brings together artists, students and concerned citizens. A series of acclaimed concerts has taken place since 2013; at the same time, students are developing initiatives to foster a better use of water resources.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Egypt
Economy and Employment
Education
Migration
Environment
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Economy and Employment
Culture
Disaster Risk Reduction – Preparedness
Education policy
Environment protection
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017


CHF 750'000



For citizen-oriented public services

© SDC

01.05.2015 - 31.12.2017

The SDC has been supporting the Cambodian authorities in an ambitious process of decentralisation that started in 2001. The aim is to provide local and provincial authorities with enough resources and competences to enable them to deliver quality public services to the Cambodian population. The process also encourages citizens to have their say on these matters.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Cambodia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Protection and access

01.05.2015 - 31.12.2017


CHF 7'300'000



Life without violence, from dream to reality

The face of a woman who has been abused.

01.02.2015 - 31.05.2020

The SDC hopes that by backing a newly-adopted law in Bolivia on ending violence against women, it can contribute to more systematic and targeted care for female victims. Local and national authorities and the people are working together on a comprehensive approach to prevent assaults on women. Too often, attitudes are tinged with a male chauvinism that sanctions violence.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bolivia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

01.02.2015 - 31.05.2020


CHF 4'070'000



Sustainable Artisanal Mining

A miner drilling rock in search of gold.

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2018

With the boom in the informal mining sector at the start of the 2000s, the Mongolian government, with support from the SDC, launched a project for sustainable artisanal mining in 2005. The project’s aim is to formalise and legalise these activities while developing the capacities of the miners.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mongolia
Non agricultural value-chain development
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2018


CHF 5'465'000



Developing skills for better employment

A student screwing a solar panel together.

15.12.2014 - 31.12.2018

Unequal access to employment and the mismatch between education and labour market requirements are among the reasons for the high youth-unemployment in Albania. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) system therefore is undergoing a reorientation in order to meet labour market needs. Through the Skills Development for Employment Programme Switzerland is supporting these reforms.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Albania
Education
Economy and Employment
Vocational training and skills development
Labor market development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

15.12.2014 - 31.12.2018


CHF 3'000'000



The SDC supports efforts to improve conditions for the protection of children and adolescents

Young people drawing in the schoolyard with chalk.

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017

The government in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) wants to reform the country's juvenile criminal legislation and improve the conditions of detention and follow-up for  juvenile criminal offenders. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) have been conducting a project to this end since 2009.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Legal and judicial development
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017


CHF 2'250'000



Promoting equal opportunities for women and men in Macedonia

Three women look on as a young man writes something on a piece of paper.

01.01.2014 - 31.03.2018

In Macedonia, women are disadvantaged in the areas of employment, social protection and political participation. To promote equal opportunities, in 2006 the government passed a law on equal opportunities for men and women. To complement Macedonia's reform efforts jointly with national counterparts SDC is funding an equal opportunities project at the municipal level.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Macedonia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

01.01.2014 - 31.03.2018


CHF 1'670'400



Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response Project (GBV Project)

01.01.2024 - 31.12.2027

Gender-based violence is prevalent in Nepal because of patriarchal values, lack of rights awareness or support services and poor implementation of laws. In the first phase, the project will directly reach 50,000 households in three districts with GBV prevention activities involving women, girls, men and boys and will provide improved medical, psychosocial and legal services for a minimum of 1’000 GBV survivors. Subsequently, the coverage will be increased.


Supporting Civil Society Organizations in Nicaragua

01.08.2020 - 31.12.2024

SDC and other like-minded donors are engaged in enhancing the democratic and public policy processes in Nicaragua. A strong civil society is essential to the quality and sustainability of this effort. The proposed program will promote citizen participation, strengthen capacities of Civil Society Organizations and foster informed policy dialogue. 


Strengthening of civil-political-economic rights and social auditing.

01.03.2020 - 30.06.2027

Strengthening civil-political-economic rights, freedom of expression and social auditing is a priority to ensure the functioning of the rule of law and respect for human rights in Honduras. The role of civil society is essential in the construction of citizenship and to ensure a system of check and balance. Therefore, the program will support 6 to 8 national civil society organization with strong anchoring in the territories to promote jointly in a concerted, impartial and evidence based way these topics.


Gendermainstreaming in SDC to support the implementation of the gender goals in the Agenda 2030 and the new message 2017-2020

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020

Mit dem strategischen Ziel 7 in der Botschaft 2017-2020 bekräftigt die DEZA die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter als Schlüssel für Armutsreduktion und leistet einen Beitrag zur Umsetzung der Genderziele der Agenda 2030. Thematische Prioritäten sind die Geschlechtergleichstellung in fragilen Kontexten sowie die Stärkung der ökonomischen und politischen Partizipation von Frauen. Wichtigste Massnahmen sind ein strategischer Politikdialog, Investition in Wissens-management und Gender Expertise sowie Capacity Building und Qualitätssicherung für verstärkte Wirkungsorientierung.  

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