||UN-Women agrees with recommendation 3. UN-Women acknowledges the need to provide and facilitate peer support to better serve country offices and foster cross-regional learning and knowledge sharing throughout the organization. The MTR offers useful reflections and opportunities for UN-Women to leverage its promising practices to approach Women Political Participation, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response more systematically, holistically and with expanded capacity.
UN-Women has boosted knowledge management capacity to grow and maintain thematic communities of practice, codify lessons learned and assist with sharing good practices with regional and country offices. The SPF Team will continue to invest in knowledge production, knowledge sharing and peer advisory support to deliver results at the country level.
In response to the corporate evaluation on women’s political participation (2018), the WPP Team has intensified efforts to strengthen corporate knowledge management and capacity building on WPP, including through in-person trainings for thematic regional advisors and country focal points, UN-Women field offices have also been provided with regular updates on data collection on WPP through webinars, induction sessions for colleagues and country-based activities in coordination with regional offices. A series of regional webinars with COs have been conducted to exchange knowledge on programming responses to Violence Against Women in Politics.
Similarly, in 2018 UN-Women finalized and published the updated IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action which serves as the official guidance resource of the UN led humanitarian coordination system. Over 7,000 copies of the Handbook were distributed in 43 countries. UN-Women also developed a comprehensive set of face-to-face training modules based on the content of the handbook, in addition to an eLearning platform for remote learning. Utilizing these resources, accompanying training programmes were delivered in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Malawi to frontline humanitarian practitioners in over 40 different agencies. In addition, UN-Women undertook a series of intensive six-day regional office trainings for its field staff in East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa Regional Office, Europe and Central Asia and Arab States on gender in humanitarian action. The trainings build the capacity of UN-Women staff to add value to coordinated humanitarian response mechanisms, as well as to further spread skills and learning through follow up training. Country offices participating included Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Nigeria, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Turkey, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia.
Lastly, in 2018 UN-Women continued growing WPS community of practice (over 160 members across the UN-Women workforce) and organized its first five specialized webinars to facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges and sharing of good practice. The frequency of these webinars has further grown in 2019. Furthermore, UN-Women will collaborate with the proliferating number of research centers on WPS to ensure SPF-supported staff has the latest knowledge products on WPS.