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Links (Oxford). 1998 Jul:1-2.

Lessons from the gender mapping project. What's the score?



As part of Oxfam's efforts to address gender issues during the past year, the agency mapped its progress on gender policy implementation in its international program. If Oxfam is to retain its enviable reputation on gender issues, it must translate the lessons learned from the mapping activity into action plans and strategies. The mapping activity revealed that 1) Oxfam lacks consistent indicators of progress in implementing gender policy, and it is difficult to assess the long-term impact of the work; 2) program and policy evaluations contain little information on the impact of provision of resources, especially in relations to women's status in the household; 3) Oxfam needs to continue to invest in its successful gender analyses at the grassroots level; 4) gender issues are established in Oxfam policies and procedures but must be translated into action; 5) leadership is a critical gender issue, and Oxfam has not achieved its quota of female managers or created working environments sensitive to the caring responsibilities of staff; and 6) Oxfam needs to increase gender-sensitive advocacy work in its program.

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