This blog was originally published by UNGEI.
While talk of “getting the consistency right” and “velvet triangles”¹ may make us think of science experiments or complex recipes, these terms can in fact help us understand the power of institutions and networks to bring about change. Initial findings from an independent review of the UNGEI-led capacity development program for Gender-Responsive Education Sector Planning (GRESP) illustrate just how important it is to build networks that include the right ingredients for the structural and transformative change required to advance gender equality in and through education. As the independent review shows, networks of feminist activists working alongside gender-sensitive politicians and civil servants have been shown to promote gender equality outcomes in government policy and practice. They have also shown to be influential for policy processes, particularly for effectively integrating gender issues into education sector plans.
Gender-responsive education sector planning (GRESP) is a whole-system approach to putting gender equality at the heart of education systems through gender-sensitive plans and policies, including in learning environments, teacher education and practice, curriculum and materials development, and leadership and administration. When engaged through collaboration with colleagues, networks and institutions within and beyond the Ministry of Education, GRESP can be a powerful tool to build stronger, more gender-responsive education plans and systems.