Going for gold: UNDP Indonesia’s commitment to gender equality

Sep 28, 2017


UNDP Indonesia has achieved the Gender Equality Seal, earning ‘silver’ certification.   

The UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme is a tool to reduce inequalities in the workplace, promote good labour practices and policies, and implement effective, impactful gender mainstreaming strategies. It is a methodical step-by-step way to visualize gaps and opportunities for improvement. In its first-ever assessment, UNDP Indonesia has achieved a ‘Silver’ level certification in the Seal assessment for its substantive contribution to national gender equality goals.

“Our success came from the commitment of staff, including human resources, program units and communications.” UNDP Country Director Christophe Bahuet says. “The need to achieve gender equality remains urgent – which is why we are now going for gold in the next assessment.” Indonesia’s Gender Equality Index is low, ranking at 105 out of 188 countries.  Drivers of inequality include economic abuse and financial exclusion, poor access to health, lack of access to meaningful work, education inequality and gender-based violence.

Indonesia has signed up to achieving all Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Although gender equality is critical for achieving them all, UNDP Indonesia places focus on Goal 5. Gender equality is therefore mainstreamed through all project areas including environment, poverty reduction and governance, as well as establishing robust gender equality policies, and committed approaches to gender mainstreaming. Results rely on leadership of management, staff commitment, accountability and assessments like the Gender Equality Seal to track progress.

According to the assessment results from the 2015-2016 Gender Equality Seal, key achievements include:

  • Advancing women’s participation and representation in political life by providing women with knowledge and skills on election campaigns.
  • Collaboration with the Ministry of Villages and Disadvantaged Areas under the South-South corporation
  • Work-life balance policies to allow flexibility for working parents
  • Promotion of the role of women in Indonesia’s peace and security, particularly at the village level
  • A tailored gender equality strategy and establishment of gender equality taskforce
  • Regular capacity building to encourage ongoing learning and awareness raising
  • Engagement of United Nations SDG Mover for Gender Equality Hannah Al Rashid to advocate gender equality issues to the public.


UNDP Indonesia is committed to building on the success of the Silver certification, and is currently accelerating gender mainstreaming to achieve Gold in the 2016-2017 assessment. Current initiatives include: ongoing advocacy efforts to advance gender equality, a partnership between Korea and Indonesia to improve services for gender-based violence survivors, and a Canada-supported project to support the growth of women-led social enterprises.