Government has called for greater political will and availing of financial resources in order to enhance mainstreaming gender equality in the workplace.

Gender equality in the workplace is still far from being achieved despite the existence of national-level policies and laws in many countries.

This emerged as 12 regional countries converged for the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) workshop on mainstreaming gender equality.

Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Cde Petronella Kagonye who is also ARLAC Governing Council chairperson said strategy on gender mainstreaming should be effectively implemented through available policies and programmes to ensure concrete results.

“There should be no confusion why gender mainstreaming is crucial and what is needed to ensure it. We need political will and commitment from the very top, but above all we need human and financial resources to deliver for all women and girls,” said Cde Kagonye.

There were mixed sentiments from delegates with others highlighting their countries have made progress in achieving gender equality at work while others felt not much has been done.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO) agreed to mainstream gender perspective into all policies and programmes of the United Nations system in 1997 and most African countries committed to implement this through their national policies.