Gender Action Plan
Tunisia, North Africa
SLR prepared a Gender Action Plan (GAP) to support the modernisation of the health care offer in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. A GAP defines the actions and commitments of the programme stakeholders to promote and improve gender equality.
The programme objective is to take action at the regional scale, by supporting the modernisation and coordination of infrastructures at regional and district hospital, and basic health centre level). Feasibility studies have identified that women are more severely affected than men by these disfunctions, particularly because of the situation of maternal and child health. A Gender Action Plan (GAP) was therefore the appropriate diligence to identify the specific needs of women and ensure that they would be taken into account in the various components and stages of the programme.
SLR carried out a mission in Tunisia to consult the stakeholders, and interview women about their specific needs and define with them the actions to improve their health experience. The GAP prepared for the Programme included actions to be considered at the design stage (integrating rooms dedicated to women in the new regional hospital); capacity building actions (training health workers to meet the specific needs of women); and actions to support the regional health care governance (improve partnerships between public service and civil society actors).