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The 7th Country Programme has five outputs and the CO office is working closely with and leveraging partnerships with government entities at the national and subnational levels to achieve the results.

Output 2: Strengthened capacities of national and local governments and civil society actors to address discriminatory social norms through evidence-informed and gender-transformative policies and programmes towards the advancement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls

This output contributes to achieving Strategic Plan outcomes 3 and UNSDCF outcomes 1 (human development and well being) and 4 (people centred governance, rule of law and human rights) by addressing discriminatory social norms that perpetuate gender inequalities and gender

based violence and undermine women’s empowerment. It will be achieved by: (a) strengthening the capacity of national and subnational governments’ gender equality committees to advocate for the application of gender transformative approaches to women’s empowerment policy planning, implementation and monitoring and to address discriminatory gender norms (link to output 3); (b) enhancing the capacity of civil society organizations to create awareness and monitor implementation of gender equality related policies and laws and of recommendations of human rights mechanisms, including the universal periodic review, CEDAW and CRPD; (c) improving the capacity of networks of women and girls to participate in decision making processes, including related to climate and humanitarian actions; and (d) supporting evidence-based initiatives to promote gender equality and positive masculinities and to address discriminatory social norms, focused on empowering girls and women and engaging men and boys, including through comprehensive sexuality education in in and out of school settings.

Output 3: Strengthened capacities of national and subnational institutions and mechanisms to provide high-quality, evidence-informed multisectoral gender-based violence prevention and response programme, with special focus on reaching those furthest left behind, across the humanitarian-development continuum

Through this output, UNFPA will contribute to achieving Strategic Plan outcomes 3 and the UNSDCF outcomes 1 (human development and well being) and 4 (people centred governance, rule of law and human rights) by building on the foundation of existing work addressing gender-based violence and moving towards a comprehensive integrated prevention and response approach. This will be achieved by: (a) focusing and investing in evidence generation on effective interventions to address gender based violence for policy advocacy and scale up; (b) improving evidence based planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender based violence related policies and laws, including supporting revision of the criminal code, in line with international standards; (c) supporting advocacy to integrate gender based violence response into universal health coverage and disaster risk reduction policies; (d) strengthening quality and availability of multisectoral services on gender based violence and referral mechanisms in line with international standards, with an expansion of support and economic empowerment opportunities for survivors; and (e) improving the capacity of duty bearers from multi-sector to deliver survivor focused services.