2019 Training Course on Gender and Industrial Development

Deadline:  13 September 2019
Open to: high- and mid-level professionals from Arab and African countries that are engaged in the field of industrial development, as well as national leaders in women’s economic empowerment
Venue: 9 – 13 November 2019, Manama, Bahrain


The training programme on Gender and Industrial Development is organized by UNIDO in cooperation with the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Bahrain and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Investment.

The training course targets government officials engaged in the design and implementation of industrial policies, gender focal points of the relevant national ministries (e.g. industry, economy, labor and trade), regional organizations and representatives of organizations focusing on the economic empowerment of women.

This year`s training course will be conducted for countries from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Participants will learn how to analyze and measure the links between gender inequalities and industrial development and design policies and programmes to promote women’s economic empowerment, based on best practices and country examples.

The training course is organized in modules focusing on different aspects of the two-way relationship between industrial development and gender equality, and will also involve a one-day field trip. Theoretical explanations will be illustrated by country case studies as well as examples of UNIDO projects with strong gender components. The training will involve a combination of lectures and group exercises.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply basic concepts and principles of gender equality to industrial development issues; applying an intersectional perspective;
  • Describe roles, opportunities, and constraints for women in industry related to structural change, sectoral and occupational segregation, growth of informal economies, and gender-wage gap;
  • Identify gender patterns in manufacturing, including the manner in which industrial development impacts women’s economic empowerment and the ways gender inequality impacts industrial performance and competitiveness;
  • Understand how automation, technology and innovation can impact women and men differently, including identifying gender bias in policies and its negative effects on sustainable growth, employment and division of labour;
  • Understand gender issues and biases that should be taken into account in data collection and analysis, as well as the importance of sex-disaggregated data and gender-related indicators;
  • Identify bottlenecks and prioritize policy measures to advance the position of women managers, workers and entrepreneurs in different sectors and contexts, especially focusing on key sectors or thematic policy areas with a high potential to drive a green economy transition.

Sessions will be delivered by UNIDO staff and invited experts. Training sessions and all materials will be in English.

The course will take place from 9 – 13 November 2019 in Manama, Bahrain.


 Participation in the course is open to high- and mid-level professionals from Arab and African countries that are engaged in the field of industrial development, as well as national leaders in women’s economic empowerment. Seniority is the key selection determinant for participation. Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

The number of participants for the training course is limited to 25 persons. Participants will be selected by UNIDO based on the following criteria:

  • Professional background and experience (Familiarity with economics, industrial development and public sector experience will be considered an asset). Seniority is the key selection determinant for participation.
  • Regional, national and gender balance
  • Excellent knowledge of English

No background knowledge on gender issues will be required, but selected participants will be expected to complete the on-line UNIDO/UN Women training module on Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in advance of the face-to-face training in Bahrain.


The course will be delivered free-of-charge, including accommodation, catering, and travel.

How to apply?

To apply, please fill out the online form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.