Guatemala: Two Public Institutions Implement the Gender Equality Seal

Gender equality and women’s empowerment is not only a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5) of the 2030 Agenda, but also a cross-cutting enabler of all other SDGs. Furthermore, reviews of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action call on government institutions to work more strongly to include and integrate gender equality in their policies, actions and institutional processes.

In the process of accompanying institutions to strengthen their inclusion and adoption of the 2030 Agenda, mainly to advance SDG 5 and SDG 16, UNDP Guatemala will implement the Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and the Executive Secretariat of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (SECONRED), with a view to improving the work environment by eradicating discriminatory practices, expanding capacities, implementing effective institutional policies to address post-COVID impacts, resilience and climate change, among others.

Sofía Vásquez, UNDP Guatemala gender analyst, presenting the Gender Equality Seal at the Executive Secretariat of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (SECONRED).
Photo: UNDP Guatemala/ Fernanda Zelada Rosal

Implementation of the Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions in Guatemala will contribute to the results of the implementation of two national policies, namley (i) the Institutional Gender Equity Policy and Implementation Plan 2022-2026 of MARN, which calls for institutional strengthening to incorporate gender considerations in the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, recognizing the contributions of women in climate change adaptation and mitigation and the updating and generation of disaggregated environmental and climate information, and ii) the Institutional Policy on Gender Equality and Equity 2022-2026 of SE-CONRED, which reaffirms the institutional commitment to focus emergency attention on people and increase the resilience of vulnerable populations, in compliance with international frameworks such as the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 and Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

UNDP Guatemala recognizes and congratulates the efforts being made by MARN and SECONRED as the first public institutions to implement the Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions in Guatemala and the Presidential Secretariat for Women (SEPREM) as the national co-lead institution that will accompany the process, to ensure the incorporation of the mainstreaming of equality and equity between women and men, the promotion of an institutional climate that enables a transformation based on gender analysis and intersectionality of rights to promote equality and equity of opportunities in the country’s institutions.

Blog written by:

Sofía Vasquez – Gender Analyst, UNDP Guatemala.

Oscar Grajeda – Program Officer, Local development, Resilience and Crisis Management

Fernando García – Program Officer, Energy and Environment