An OSCE-supported seminar on integrating gender issues into policies for civil servants from Kazakhstan started in Astana on 18 September 2012.
The four-day seminar is part of the OSCE Centre’s long-term assistance to Kazakhstan’s government and civil society in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. It is organized jointly with the Academy of Civil Service, UN Women and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
The seminar aims to enhance mid-level civil servants’ professional skills in gender analysis, gender-differentiated budgeting and policy evaluation. It brings together some 40 participants, including regional officials and gender analysts from central government institutions. They will learn about gender mainstreaming in governmental policies and discuss the challenges they face in implementing gender-related rules and standards.
The seminar was preceded by a round-table meeting on strengthening gender indicators in statistics through the disaggregation of data held on 17 September 2012 by the Centre in co-operation with the Agency on Statistics, UN Women, and the National Democratic Institute. Some 20 participants from the government and international organizations discussed ways of improving the statistical data used for the implementation of Kazakhstan's National Gender Action Plan for 2006-2016.