The Gender Equality Seal

The Gender Equality Seal is a corporate certification process that recognizes good performance of UNDP Country Offices in delivering transformational gender equality results.

In 2012, UNDP tested the certification process of the Gender Equality Seal in in Argentina, Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan. The results of the first pilot phase were very promising. We now know the Seal is an excellent mechanism to accelerate changes we need to adapt in our work to effectively support countries in achieving their gender equality goals.

Country offices can get certified and awarded by following these 4 steps:

  1. Identify areas in which you will need to improve through a self-assessment
  2. Develop and implement an action plan for improvement.
  3. Engage in the final assessment with the HQ Gender Equality Seal team. Offices that have been selected to get certified will receive an assessment team that will recommend the final level of certification.
  4. Certification ceremony. The Country Office will receive the Gender Equality Seal certification by UNDP’s Executive Office.

The Gender Equality Seal establishes minimum acceptable quality standards and is a useful assessment tool that helps managers to link workplace policies and development results for effective gender mainstreaming.

The Rwanda Country Office also applied for the Gender Seal and is preparing for the assessment process which will take place on 11 June 2013.