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Gender Secretariat
The National Gender Machinery is currently the Gender Secretariat, housed within the Social Development Policy Division of the Minister for Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports, as the ministry holding the portfolio responsibility for gender. The role of the unit is to act as the permanent Lead Agency within the Gender Management System (GMS) with the goal of facilitating gender mainstreaming in all policies, programmes, and activities of the government, the private sector and civil society.

Key Functions
  • To initiate, strengthen and institutionalise the GMS
  • To be responsible for the overall co-ordination and monitoring of the GMS
  • To play a strategic and catalytic advocacy role, by introducing critical gender concerns into the policies, plans, programmes at all levels
  • To develop national policy guidelines for gender mainstreaming
  • To ensure that key targets and indicators on the status of women and men are set, agreed upon and met
  • To lead the overall monitoring and evaluation of the impact of the gender mainstreaming process
  • To manage the flow of information on gender issues and communicating policy changes and results
  • To facilitate capacity building for gender mainstreaming
In 2005 the Gender Secretariat adapted the Commonwealth GMS approach to gender mainstreaming to the Seychelles context. Since then the Gender Secretariat has:
  • Initiated the first stage of a nationwide gender situational analysis through the National Gender Steering Committee
  • Launched the Domestic Violence National Survey and published preliminary findings
  • Organised capacity building programmes in collaboration with partners on:
    o Gender mainstreaming and good governance
    o Gender Analysis and planning, and
    o Gender-sensitive Indicators
  • Held a series of senior-level gender sensitisation forums with local partners and stakeholders
  • Reported on the implementation of the AU Solemn Declaration
  • Formulated the National Strategy on Domestic Violence, which was validated by a wide-spectrum of stakeholders before gaining Cabinet approval
  • Developed material for and facilitated women’s human rights training for the Police
Our Activities

The main activities of the Gender Secretariat for 2008 will be to: