During spring 2016, the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) adopted a new National Mine Action Strategic Plan 1395-1399 (2016-2020). Gender and diversity mainstreaming (Goal 4) are at the forefront in this plan, as one the plan’s four main objectives. Goal 4 on Gender and diversity mainstreaming aims to establish a Gender and Diversity Policy, improve the recruitment, employment, and retention of men, women, and individuals from under-represented groups within the MAPA, and improve the gender and diversity mainstreaming capacity of the staff, amongst others.
From April 26 to May 3, 2016, GMAP Programme Manager Nicola Sandhu worked with members from the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) as part of their continued commitment to take into account gender and diversity dimensions in their work. GMAP organized a two-day workshop which was attended by 37 participants from 22 organizations (49% women and 51% men). The workshop covered topics including general gender and diversity issues, gender and diversity sensitive recruitment and employment, and was used as a participative forum to facilitate the development of a draft Gender and Diversity Policy (currently under review – June 2016).
GMAP looks forward to supporting the MAPA and all mine action in Afghanistan as they continue to better integrate the needs of women, men, boys and girls from diverse groups as well as persons with disabilities in their work.
GMAP would like to thank the German Federal Foreign Office for its financial support which allowed GMAP to carry out its work in Afghanistan.