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UNESCO-KIGEPE-UNDP ROK Workshop on Gender Responsive Budget-a GENIA Sub-Regional Capacity Building initiative for South, Southeast and East Asia, 3-5 December 2008, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Encouraged by Member States in Asia, UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Education for Asia and the Pacific established the Gender in Education Network in Asia (GENIA) in 2002 with the major objective of building the capacities of key personnel in Ministries of Education (MOEs) to mainstream gender and facilitate the implementation of EFA plans and policies. Over the past six years, UNESCO has assisted Member States in preparing and implementing gender-responsive Education for All (EFA) plans under the framework of the gender in education programme’s five main components: training, advocacy, research, networking and institutional analysis/development. The regional programme currently covers 13 countries, which are members of GENIA, namely, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam.  

In order to support and strengthen networking and sustained exchange of experiences and resources, an annual regional meeting inviting the Gender Focal Points (GFPs) of GENIA has been organized since its formation. Since 2006, following the recommendation of the GFPs at the annual meeting the previous year (Hanoi, Viet Nam, November 2005), a decision was made to organize two sub-regional meetings, one for the South, Southeast and East Asian countries and another for the Central Asian countries It was also proposed that the two sub-regional meetings would have one common theme and to place more emphasis on capacity building for the Gender Focal Points (GFPs).Therefore, the three meetings during the last biennium 33C/5 (2006-2007), adopted a common theme on which the GFPs would be provided with an introductory training on the particular theme with a gender perspective.

In 2008, in view of the theme of the International Women’s Day (8 March) on promoting gender responsive governance and finance, the theme of Gender Responsive Budget for the education sector was identified for the annual capacity building meeting of GENIA. As one of the leading countries in the Asia-Pacific region in the field of gender responsive budgeting research and practice, the Republic of Korea was identified as the venue of the meeting, the Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education (KIGEPE) as resource partner of GENIA, had agreed to host and jointly organize the meeting, together with the UNDP Office in Republic of Korea (ROK) for this meeting.