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General Purposes

Gender Education and Training Network (GETNET)

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $75,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2002–December 31, 2004
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

Experts agree that poverty plays a large role in global inequalities. In South Africa, the gap between poor and rich is widening. According to recent statistics, the poorest 20 percent of the population has access to only 3 percent of the total income. The national unemployment rate is 45 percent and mostly women. Research also shows that women bring a strong social justice agenda to government. In South Africa, the number of women representatives in parliament and local government is approximately 30 percent.The goal of the Gender Education and Training Network (GETNET) is to strengthen women’s participation in decision-making positions, enabling them to play an active role in development. Multiyear funding will support objectives that include providing training programs in policymaking, gender coordination, gender awareness and budget analysis; conducting research and case studies; developing and disseminating gender-related material; evaluating programs; and networking and sharing information with academic institutions.GETNET, established in 1995, offers gender education through training within government departments, the nonprofit sector and the private sectors.