The four key outcomes of the Australian Government's gender equality policy include: improved economic status of women; equal participation of women in decision-making and leadership, including in fragile states and conflict situations; improved and equitable health and education outcomes for women, men, girls and boys; and gender equality advanced in regional cooperation efforts.
Through its Gender theme, AIPMNH acts as a catalyst to help facilitate an enabling environment conducive to gender equality promotion in NTT’s maternal and neonatal health (MNH) sector. In addition to training beneficiaries and partner organizations, AIPMNH tries to encourage a sense of responsibility and accountability among key partner agencies to mainstream gender throughout their work.
Gender technical assistance at the district level involves providing skills and improving the capacity of relevant institutions/personnel to carry out gender analysis in MNH and work in programming (i.e. gender responsive annual work planning and budgeting, and preparation of Terms of Reference) and project implementation – particularly in community engagement.
Women Accessing Capacity Building Opportunities
The main focus of AIPMNH-funded activities has been on building the technical capacity of mostly female skilled health workers, including midwives and village health volunteers called kader.
The Partnership supports the provision of formal and informal training and other support services to an increasing number of mainly female public servants from health and non-health agencies. The Program also funds activities designed to build the management and administrative capacity of District Health Office staff, consistent with Australian aid gender-equality outcomes.