Enhancing Gender Equality in Customs and border agencies in the Central Asia region and Pakistan

31 August 2023

Under the framework of the Container Control Programme (CCP), the WCO delivered, in collaboration with the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and international partners, a regional training on Gender Mainstreaming for the members of the Port Control Units and Air Cargo Control Units of Central Asian countries and Pakistan. This training was a milestone as it was the first event to be held in Central Asia on the topic of Gender Mainstreaming.  The 3-day training, which was held from the 22nd to the 24th of August in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, provided an opportunity for the 31 participants from border law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan to enhance their knowledge of gender mainstreaming and how this could be implemented in internal and external policies to the benefit of border agency employees and stakeholders. The WCO-led interventions particularly focused on enabling delegates to increase their knowledge of the WCO tools promoting Gender Equality and Diversity (GED) in Customs, especially the Gender Equality Organizational Assessment Tool (GEOAT), but also to strengthen their knowledge in gender-sensitive and inclusive communication as a way to promote gender equality. The UNODC-led interventions covered complementary topics, including international declarations promoting gender equality, awareness of unconscious bias and its implications, harassment prevention and how to engage men in promoting gender equality. The WCO looks forward to continuing working with its Members in the Central Asia region to drive the GED agenda forward. For more information about this activity and the WCO’s work on GED, please contact: capacity.building@wcoomd.org