The three piece webinar series on gender mainstreaming in waste management ended this week providing the project consortium and external audience with a reflection on what role gender plays in communication activities, budgeting and reporting.
The spring of 2018 is a quite lively one when it comes to the URBAN-WASTE project with physical meetings, the start of the implementation phase, continuous meetings of the 11 Communities of Practices. Another activity which took place over the last two months time, organised from the ACR+ office in Brussels was a series of webinars on gender mainstreaming. Managed by the URBAN-WASTE project’s gender auditor, Susan Buckingham, the three topics covered all the essential phases of a project cycle and included numerous principles, practices and exemplary cases.
The topics covered by these webinars were namely, gender sensitive communication, gender budgeting and gender reporting. As Susan Buckingham explains “text, visuals and other ways of communicating are conditioned by the societies we live in, and in turn help to shape our ways of thinking and acting. URBAN-WASTE, as an EU funded project, has a responsibility to advance gender equality both as a key human rights European commitment, and to improve the projects’ effectiveness. It is, therefore, important that we pay attention to the ways in which we communicate: in writing, in pictures, in social media, in who we invite to speak/participate and how we engage and listen to these participants”. Gender responsive budgeting was a topic covered by an external expert in that field, Maja Bosnić, who also organised a short workshop for the participants on the topic. This webinar introduced participants to the concept, principles, tools and practical examples of gender responsive budgeting and how to use it. Starting with basics of budgeting and public budgets it was discussed how best to combine gender knowledge with knowledge of public finance to achieve de-facto gender equality and effective use of budget funds. And just yesterday, the last webinar of the three took place, on gender reporting. Good, gender-disaggregated, data collection is at the heart of effective evaluation, and this enables organisations to develop their gender equality strategies. Attention to gender equality is also a key component of creating the most effective waste reduction strategies. URBAN-WASTE needs to report on how the project has taken gender into account, and what differences this may have produced.
The project report, a final presentation in Brussels in June 2019, and an article on gender mainstreaming innovative waste minimisation in tourist areas, will be used to disseminate what has worked, what the obstacles have been, and what we have learned, collectively, through the project.
All the three gender webinars, together with the webinars on URBAN-WASTE itself can be re-listened online through the page dedicated to the recordings, which can be found here.