Level one Training

Gender Mainstreaming

Course overview:

It is evident that women and men have different roles, responsibilities, and decision-making power. As a result, they also have different needs and priorities that have to be taken into account. Traditional beliefs, patriarchal systems, time constraints due to multiple roles, social and cultural restrictions, and limited involvement in decision-making processes have excluded women from the public sphere, limiting their access to information and capacity building activities.

Therefore, Gender is an issue of development effectiveness, not just a matter of ‘doing something special for women’. Training programs that are organized by our center are, therefore, believed to create an understanding of existing gender relations and the obstacles to women’s active participation in the process of social transformation through adopting training and facilitation methods that enhance women’s participation. More precisely, the gender training sessions takes into account the needs, priorities, and expectations of both women and men while planning, implementing and evaluating activities and projects in order to ensure that women and men receive equitable benefits from the learning process.

Major topics to be covered include:

  • Defining concepts related to gender
  • The Social Construction of gender
  • Frameworks and Tools for gender Analysis
  • Mainstreaming gender in programs and projects
  • Plans of action/ follow-up Activities
  • Challenges and opportunities of gender mainstreaming

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the different concepts used in gender and development work.
  • Increase their understanding of how gender is constructed and the implication of this in programs and everyday situations.
  • Apply tools of gender analysis to their work in sector and thematic areas.
  • Develop gender responsive programs and to mainstream gender in their programs,
  • Plan the follow-up to the training program including the identification of opportunities, gaps, materials and methodologies that are most suitable for different groups.
  • Further develop plans of action at program; project and organizational level