FY19 Gender and Inclusion Review

16 March 2020

The Gender and Inclusion Review (GIR) is the annual monitoring process for Plan International’s Global Policy on Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI). The annual process provides all Plan International offices with an accountability mechanism to reflect on how gender transformative and inclusive their work is.

Monitoring Plan International’s commitment to equality 

The FY19 GIR had a record high overall global response rate of 91% (73 of 80 offices), with most offices collaborating in a highly participatory survey response process. There were notable improvements across the board since the FY18 GIR.

Responding offices around the globe were positive about the present state of gender and inclusion at Plan International. Overall, responses trended positively in all three GIR-identified priority areas foundational to the Global Policy on Gender Equality and Inclusion: (1) Offices and Staff, (2) Programming and Influencing, and (3) Marketing and Communications.

Executive summary

The FY19 GIR sought an external evaluation, partnering with the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) at Michigan State University to complete the data analysis. PI’s Gender Equality and Inclusion team, Human Resources, and Global Assurance worked with GenCen to produce recommendations and finalize the report. As a result of this new partnership, the FY19 GIR contains a richer analysis than previous GIR reports, unfolding in full color and vivid images in the pages ahead.

Based on critical feedback from the FY18 GIR process, FY19 has undergone revisions aimed at improving the quality of data collected. Most notable was the introduction of five-point Likert scales and the separation of gender from inclusion in key questions. These changes make it difficult to directly compare some areas year-on-year; however, the more refined data allows better insight and monitoring trends independently between gender equality and inclusion.

The GIR captured extensive qualitative, open ended feedback which the team distilled into three particular trends: empowerment through inclusion, learning to achieve real change, and adopting a gender transformative approach at all levels of work. Which are described in the Global Overview section. Specific recommendations (see the Moving Forward section) have been made across the areas of leadership commitment, offices and staff, programming and influencing, marketing and communications, and how to improve the GIR process moving forward.

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