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IDB begins second phase of public consultation for gender equality policy

The IDB announces the second phase of the public consultation on the draft of the Operational Policy on Gender Equality in Development, starting today, June 4. This will give stakeholders and the broader public the opportunity to review the document.

This phase of the consultation will be carried out from June 4 to July 19, with the main goal of receiving comments and inputs from governments, civil society organizations, gender specialists, academics and other pertinent actors from Latin America and the Caribbean and other regions. 

Over the next 45 days, the IDB will promote the compilation of comments and inputs through its Web page and through face-to-face meetings that will take place in at least one country of each of the Bank’s subregions (Chile, Guyana, Honduras, Panama and Peru) as well as in Washington, D.C.

The Gender and Diversity Unit of the IDB is responsible of the public consultation process. The unit has the mandate to provide strategic direction to the Bank's investments for the advancement of gender equality and to the mainstreaming of gender issues as a strategic dimension in projects and activities financed by the IDB.

The public consultation of the gender policy is organized in two phases. The already completed first phase focused on the Profile for the Policy. It concluded with a consultation during the IDB's Ninth Annual Civil Society Meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico. After the conclusion of the second phase on July 19, the Bank will revise the draft policy by incorporating comments and suggestions received during the consultation. The policy would then start a period of internal revision before it is submitted for approval by the Bank's Board of Executive Directors.

"The inputs we received during the first public consultation phase were very helpful and valuable in drafting the new gender policy document.  With this second phase, we hope to reach out to a broader array of stakeholders to further improve and strengthen the policy content," said Andrew Morrison, the Gender and Diversity Unit of the IDB.

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