The first panel, called "Do We Need to Mainstream in Order to Integrate? Finding the Intersections," featured representatives from international development organizations who discussed what motivated their organizations to mainstream gender and improve gender integration in programming, and some of the challenges met in the process.
- Why should development organizations mainstream?
To walk the talk – Organizations should internalize the same gender transformative policies to which local partners and stakeholders are held accountable.
To improve program effectiveness, results, and the bottom line – Organizations need people committed to the integration of gender into programming for it to be successful.
Because gender equality is a moral imperative – The ultimate goal of development programming is to achieve greater equality, rights, and human well-being. Gender transformative practices, both internally and externally, drive that forward.
- The two facets of gender mainstreaming – organizational and programmatic integration – are intricately associated. Without the fundamental work of mainstreaming gender within an organization, programs lack the foundation and agency to develop and implement successful gender transformative programs.