UNIDO recognizes that gender equality and the empowerment of women are key to achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development. UNIDO promotes gender equality through the mainstreaming of gender considerations into all its policies, programmes and organizational practices, as well as through targeted technical cooperation projects.

Although there have been significant achievements over the last decades, women’s socioeconomic disadvantage is still reflected in pervasive gender inequalities in earned income, access to productive resources such as credit and assets, educational attainment, liberty to pursue a profession, and time- use. This is a significant missed opportunity. Not only is gender equality an important goal in its own right, but it also correlates with higher levels of per capita gross domestic product, the level of innovation and competitiveness, and human development.

Industrialization directly affects women’s roles and participation in the labour force and economic life in general. Industrial strategies and policies have the potential to decrease existing gender-based discrimination and become a tool for the empowerment of women if properly designed and implemented.

The lack of knowledge about gender mainstreaming in industrial development strategies constrains the gathering of sex-disaggregated data and the development and implementation of gender-responsive industrial policies and programmes.

To address these knowledge gaps, as part of UNIDO's gender mainstreaming efforts and its strategy for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UNIDO has developed a training programme on gender responsive inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Find more information below and in the flyer below the main text.

  • General information
  • Objectives
  • Course Outline
  • Training Facilitators
  • Date: 7-18 June 2021

    Time: Mon, Wed, Fri at 18:00 - 20:00, UTC+7

    Organizers: UNIDO and the Rutgers University Center for Women and Work (CWW)

    Duration: 6 sessions over a period of 2 weeks

    Certificate: Will be awarded to those who participate in all components and successfully complete all course requirements

    Language of instruction and materials: English

    Course format: This training will be delivered online, via Zoom. Each module lasts 2 hours and will include live lectures, group work in online breakout sessions and discussion. The training will consist of a lectures plus introduction to group work in live sessions, plus additional work to be done in smaller groups.

    Eligibility: Open to high and mid-level professionals from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

    Application Requirement: Applicants need to apply using the online form including CV and short letter of motivation.

    Prerequisite: I Know Gender 1-2-3 & I Know Gender 15

    Application: Deadline for application is 7 May 2021

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

    • Apply key concepts and principles of gender equality to industrial development issues;
    • Understand gender issues and biases that should be taken into account in data collection and analysis, as well as the importance of sex- disaggregated data and gender-related indicators;
    • Understand the key trends affecting future of work such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution's impact on women’s participation in manufacturing in particular and in the economy as a whole, and the compounding impacts of shocks and crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • Apply basic tools such as how to do a gender analysis for a project, programme and policy proposal, and in this logic, understand how policies can be gender-mainstreamed, in particular with regards to industrial policies, both in design and implementation;
    • Learn tools and practices that promote gender equality in the workplace (whether a company, an association or a public sector institution) including making the “business case” for gender parity and closing the gender wage-gap, UN Women and Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), enabling environment tools.

  • Week 1- Theoretical foundations

    Day 1. Monday, 7 June 2021: 18:00 - 20:00, UCT+7

    Module 1: "Understanding links between gender equality and Inclusive and Sustainable Development."

    Day 2. Wednesday, 9 June 2021: 18:00 - 20:00, UCT+7

    Module 2: "Understanding the role of women in manufacturing and relevance of gender equality with data and statistics."

    Day 3. Friday, 11 June 2021: 18:00 - 20:00, UCT+7

    Module 3: "Women and the future of work post COVID-19 pandemic."

    Week 2 - How can it be applied within the context of your work?

    Day 4. Monday, 14 June 2021: 18:00 - 20:00, UCT+7

    Module 4: "Fundamentals of conducting gender analysis."

    Day 5. Wednesday, 16 June 2021: 18:00 - 20:00, UCT+7

    Module 5: "Gender-responsive policy development strategies."

    Day 6. Friday, 18 June 2021: 18:00 - 20:00, UCT+7

    Module 6: "Promoting gender equality within organizations: strategies and practical examples."

  • Yana

    Yana Rodgers

    Professor, Department of Labor Studies & Employment Relations, and Department of Women's & Gender Studies, Faculty Director, Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University

    Dr. Yana Rodgers is a Professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, at Rutgers University. She also serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers. Yana specializes in using quantitative methods and large data sets to conduct research on women's health, labor market status, and well-being. Yana has worked regularly as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Asian Development Bank. She has also served as President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. Yana earned her PhD in economics from Harvard University and her BA in economics from Cornell University. Yana, originally from the Netherlands, is a mother of three and an avid runner.


    Mary Borrowman 

    Economist and technical lead for a new global coalition on women's economic empowerment at the International Center for Research on Women

    Mary Borrowman is an economist at the International Center for Research on Women and the technical lead for a new global coalition on women’s economic empowerment. Mary’s work, research and publications have explored a wide range of issues related to economic inequality throughout the world from an intersectional feminist lens. This has included work for the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School on elderly poverty, The Brooks World Poverty Institute: Capturing the Gains Project on trade policy issues related to distribution within global value chains, and the Courant Research Centre at the University of Göttingen on drivers of gendered occupational and sectoral segregation in developing countries. Mary holds a Ph.D. from the New School in Economics, a M.S. from the University of Utah in Economics, and a B.S. from the University of Utah in both Gender Studies and Economics.


    Müge Dolun

    Gender Coordinator a.i., Office for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, UNIDO

    Müge Dolun is a development practitioner, with expertise on trade, gender and environment. She has over 18 years of experience in strategic research, technical assistance and evaluation. Since mid-2019, she has been serving as the ad-interim Gender Coordinator at UNIDOs Office for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, as the institutional focal point within the UN system and coordinator for the Organization’s Gender Policy and Strategy. Previously, she was responsible for managing independent evaluations, mostly focusing on the energy and environment portfolio of UNIDO. Müge is a development economist by training, with a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.