Training Course on Gender Equality and Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

Manama, Bahrain | 25 – 30 October 2017

The training programme “Industry for empowerment – Building capacities for gender equality in manufacturing” is organized by UNIDO in cooperation with the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Bahrain and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Arab Bank for Economic Development.

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The training course targets government officials engaged in the design and implementation of industrial policies, gender focal points of the relevant national ministries (e.g. industry, economy, labour and trade), regional organizations and representatives of organizations focusing on the economic empowerment of women.

The training course will be focused on participants from Arab and African countries. Participants will learn how to analyze and measure the links between gender inequalities and industrial development and design policies and programmes to promote women’s economic empowerment, based on best practices and country examples.

The course will be delivered free-of-charge, including accommodation, catering and travel.

The number of participants for the training course is limited to 25 persons. Participants will be selected by UNIDO based on the following criteria:

  • Professional background and experience (Familiarity with economics, industrial development and public sector experience will be considered an asset). Seniority is the key selection determinant for participation.
  • Regional, national and gender balance
  • Excellent knowledge of English

No background knowledge on gender issues will be required, but selected participants will be expected to complete the on-line UNIDO/UN Women training module on Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in advance of the face-to-face training in Bahrain.

Course Design and Objectives

The training course is organized in modules focusing on different aspects of the two-way relationship between industrial development and gender equality, and will also involve a one-day field trip. Theoretical explanations will be illustrated by country case studies as well as examples of UNIDO projects with strong gender components. The training will involve a combination of lectures and group exercises.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply basic concepts and principles of gender equality to industrial development issues
  • Describe roles, opportunities, and constraints for women in industry, such as gender-wage gaps and the growth of informal economies
  • Identify gender patterns in manufacturing, including the manner in which industrial development impacts women’s economic empowerment and the ways gender inequality impacts industrial performance and competitiveness
  • Understand how technology and innovation can impact women and men differently, including identifying gender bias in policies and its negative effects on sustainable growth, employment and division of labour
  • Identify bottlenecks and prioritize policy measures to promote women’s entrepreneurship in different sectors and contexts

Sessions will be delivered by UNIDO staff and invited experts. Training sessions and all materials will be in English.

 Applications now closed.

Course facts

Place: Kingdom of Bahrain – location to be determined
Date: 25 – 30 October 2017.
Participants: The number of participants is limited to 25 persons. Participants will be selected based on their application package.
Application: Now closed.
Course fees, accommodation, catering and travel: Thanks to the support from UNIDO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, the course will be delivered free-of-charge, including accommodation, catering and travel.
Course language: The course and all related material will be in English. No translation services will be provided.
Documentation: Participants will receive relevant learning materials during the course.
Certificate: A certificate of completion will be awarded to all those who participate in all components and successfully complete all course requirements.
Eligibility: Participation in the course is open to high- and mid-level professionals from Arab and African countries that are engaged in the field of industrial development, as well as national leaders in women’s economic empowerment. Seniority is the key selection determinant for participation. Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Required pre-training: Online UNIDO/UN Women training module on Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID).
Course faculty: UNIDO staff and invited experts.