Delegation of the European Union to Ghana

Ghanaian and Nigerian Immigration Services deliberate on Gender strategy and mainstreaming in Accra funded by the EU

26/02/2021 - 19:31
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The Gender Unit of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has held a two-day exchange visit in Accra for its counterpart from the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to deliberate on the progress made so far in developing a gender strategy for their respective agencies from 25-26 February 2021. The gender strategy is envisaged to be an administrative and policy framework within which gender can be mainstreamed into the GIS and NIS operations.

The exchange visit hosted by Ghana, was held ahead of the 8th March 2021 International Women’s Day. The European Union and ECOWAS within the framework of the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa) and SBS Ghana projects, jointly fund the initiative. The International Centre implements the project for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Significant activities such as the Exchange Visit by the Nigerian Immigration Service’s Gender Unit hosted by the Ghana Immigration Service’s Gender Unit is a commendable example of the commitment of both national institutions to promote gender parity. This year's theme for International Women's Day is ‘CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE’

The aim of the exchange visit is to provide a unique opportunity for both the GIS and NIS to share their experiences on the process, scope and focus of their respective gender strategies. The expected outcomes of the visit include: 

a.         Increased collaboration between the Gender Units of the NIS and the GIS

b.         Institute a model of technical cooperation between the NIS and GIS to set a standard, inspire the other ECOWAS Member States, and prepare the basis for a possible future multi-lateral engagement in the region.

c.         Conduct a rapid assessment of the structure and the status of the Gender Units’ progression towards a fully implemented strategy this assessment will form the basis for future evaluation of the impact of the gender strategies of both countries.

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