Gender Equality is a universal principle and a global commitment recognized in the main international human rights instruments, applicable to States and their citizens, as well as in international relations.

Gender equality is fundamental for economic and social development and democratic governance at all levels: political, economic and social. Sustainable development can only be achieved if there is equal respect for the human rights of women and men, equal access to education, health, housing, employment, equality before the law, respect for their physical integrity, freedom of expression, movement and political participation, among others. Thus, gender inequality has been recognized as a factor in perpetuating underdevelopment and poverty.

At the international level, this commitment is reflected in various agreements and legal instruments such as the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and recently adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 5, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. At the regional level, the African Union reaffirms in its Constitutive Act the principle of promoting equality between women and men. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) adopted the Declaration and Protocol on Gender and Development. The implementation of these commitments requires a set of specific policies and interventions, as well as cross-cutting measures, covering issues and issues in various economic, political and social spheres, requiring the engagement of all actors.


Planning and Gender Responsive Budgeting

Technical Assistance on GRB and Parliamentary Budgetary Surveillance in PALOP and Timor-Leste