Gender Based Analysis Plus

A Journey Through African Parliaments: GBA Plus Training in Ghana

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I recently had the honor of delivering a training on GBA+ to the members of Parliament and CSOs in Ghana. This session was a powerhouse of learning and collaboration. We delved into the importance of incorporating GBA+ to ensure that policies, programs, and decisions are not just functional but genuinely effective for the targeted groups. 


GBA+ Training 

Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) is a powerful approach. It's like putting on a special lens when examining policies, programs, and initiatives. It’s about understanding how identity factors—such as gender, ethnicity, age, and more—intersect and shape experiences.


Practical Impact of GBA+

During the training, we explored several practical examples of how GBA+ can drive transformative change:

  1. Healthcare Access: By applying GBA+, policymakers can identify gaps in healthcare services for women, particularly in rural areas. This leads to targeted interventions like mobile clinics and community health programs, significantly improving health outcomes.
  2. Economic Empowerment: GBA+ helps to recognize the specific barriers women face in entrepreneurship, such as lack of access to credit. Tailored financial programs and mentorship opportunities can then be developed to support women entrepreneurs, boosting economic growth.
  3. Education: Understanding why girls may drop out of school due to early marriages or cultural practices allows for the creation of supportive policies, such as scholarship programs and community awareness campaigns, to keep girls in school.


The Role of GBA+ in Policy-Making

In essence, GBA+ enables policymakers to assess how different groups are affected by decisions, ensuring that outcomes are not only effective but also equitable. It's not just jargon; it's a crucial methodology for fostering inclusivity and addressing the diverse needs of our communities.


Building Bridges: Parliaments and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

Building a robust relationship between parliaments and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) can be a critical component of the GBA+ approach for several reasons:

  1. Enhanced Representation: CSOs often have deep connections with marginalized and underrepresented groups. Their insights and advocacy ensure that the voices of these communities are heard in the legislative process.
  2. Accountability and Transparency: CSOs can hold parliaments accountable, ensuring that commitments to gender equality and inclusivity are met. This fosters a culture of transparency and trust.
  3. Resource and Knowledge Sharing: CSOs bring valuable expertise and resources to the table. Their collaboration with parliaments can lead to more informed and effective policies.


The Transformative Power of GBA+

The beauty of GBA+ lies in its ability to transform the way we approach policy-making. It shifts the focus from a one-size-fits-all solution to a nuanced understanding of diverse needs. This is particularly crucial in Africa, where diversity is a strength and inclusive policies can lead to more equitable and prosperous societies.


The Way Forward

As we continue to promote gender equality and inclusivity, the collaboration between parliaments and CSOs will remain essential. By working together and leveraging tools like GBA+, we can ensure that policies uplift and empower all members of society, especially from the poorest and most marginalized communities.


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