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Gender, equality and diversity

Gender, equality and diversity
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Use and value diversity to respond positively to change

In a world that is constantly changing, if we observe carefully and take action at the right time we can adopt a forward-looking approach with a positive impact on the future. Diversity reduces our vulnerability to potential threats. Take advantage of the unique environments in which diversity thrives!

The ILO Participatory Gender Audit (PGA) is a powerful tool for introducing and managing institutional change. A PGA is a transformative process that yields knowledge, techniques and tools to develop skills, and changes in attitudes and behaviours.

It is a participatory method of promoting institutional learning and reinforcing an organization’s collective capacity to analyse its activities from a gender perspective, verifying its achievements and deficiencies.

The term “audit” should not be misunderstood: a PGA does not review or validate processes; rather, it combines objective observation of the facts and figures with a more in-depth reflection on qualitative standards, beliefs and opinions to assess the impact of these on gender equality, organizational culture and well-being; factors which, in turn, impact on efficiency, quality and productivity. 

A PGA explores the different formal and informal dimensions of the life of an organization, inviting the people that work there on all levels to participate in an active, self-reflective process to change attitudes – and, where necessary, rules and procedures – so that organizations can be transformed into workplaces truly capable of responding to the needs and expectations of men and women alike, becoming “gender-friendly” and even “gender-transformative”.

It is not only a method of measuring a reference database in an organization but also the first step towards achieving a sustainable strategy for change, proposed and developed from within – from the organization’s individuals, work units and the organization as a whole – to finally have an impact on all of society. 

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