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In line with the ILO guiding principle for technical cooperation, the International Training Centre of the ILO provides services which focus on the development of human resources and the strengthening of organizational capacity in pursuit of the ILO’s four strategic objectives: (1) fundamental principles and rights at work; (2) employment and income opportunities for women and men; (3) social protection for all; (4) tripartism and social dialogue.

With the aim of creating a critical mass of gender-aware people who are involved in policy formulation and project planning, the ITC/ILO Gender Coordination Unit integrates gender equality issues into all the Centre’s training in two ways. Firstly, by bringing gender issues into the mainstream of the Centre’s programmes, a network of gender focal points has been set up across the Centre to increase the visibility of gender issues and the number of women participants. Secondly, by running on-line and residential courses on specific gender issues.

ITC/ILO has already closely collaborated with the EC external relations services, by offering gender training and technical assistance as “EC Gender Help Desk” in the framework of the project “Methodological support (Manual) and Training on Gender Mainstreaming” (2004-2006). It was the first systematic effort undertaken within the EC to build capacity to bridge the gap between policy and practice, at the concrete, operational level.