Creating Gender Responsive Branch Office: Assessment of an Intervention
Rumana Ali, Samir Ranjan Nath,
Date: 12 September 2018; Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am; Venue: RED Conference Room, (15th Floor)
BRAC, since its inception, has been working to establish gender equality both at organisational and community level. Along with different development programmes at the community level to change the oppressive cultural values and ideology, building-up the capacity of staff and creating a gender responsive work environment within the organisation have always been a priority for BRAC. This organisational commitment has been reflected in its goals and policies, and finally in the five years strategic plan for the period of 2016-2020. Keeping consistency with BRAC’s commitment and all previous efforts, Gender Justice and Diversity (GJ&D) programme initiated an intervention for the period of 2017-2018 to create 170 branch offices located in seven districts as gender responsive. This study will assess this intervention by exploring the present situation of the intervened offices at selected indicators set for the gender responsive model offices. This study will also identify the challenges, if there is any, in making the intervention successful. Here, an attempt will also be made to know whether the intervention has brought changes in staff’s motivation to work towards achieving the organisational goal of gender equality. Both quantitative and qualitative approach will be applied to meet the objectives of the study. The findings are expected to provide insight into the ways of further improvement of such initiative as well as to identify the gap to address to make such intervention effective.