How to integrate gender aspects into sustainable development trainings? - Women in Europe for a Common Future

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How to integrate gender aspects into sustainable development trainings?

ALGA and WECF developed a gender manual, dealing with gender issues & sustainable development in both English and Russian


Topic: Gender and Rights
Language: English


In 2014 WECF developed a manual for the training of trainers dealing with gender issues, gender analysis and gender mainstreaming. The training materials are aimed at practitioners who want to prepare new trainers or new facilitators in gender issues. 

The manual can also be used when directly working with community members. WECF believes that conducting gender trainings, according to the proposed scenarios in the manual, will promote gender-responsive, result-oriented planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of activities, programmes and policies. 

The manual can be used to develop short-term training modules (up to 5 hours) or long-term training modules (up to 3 days). The main tools proposed in the manual to educate new trainers are, among others, role plays, open discussions, mini-lecturers, brainstorming and working in small groups. Through these tools the participants will gain knowledge about gender issues. 

The manual covers four topics. These topics include Understanding of gender, Gender roles and gender division of labour, Gender needs and Control over resources. Each topic contains a theoretical introduction. The background information and the explained definitions for each subject should help the trainer to prepare the content of the training. Furthermore it should help trainers to name and frame the issues and to be ready for possible questions from the audience. The manual divides the training material into different sessions. Each session contains information on how prepare the session, what materials are needed, what time schedule should be estimated, what the participants should do and what is required of the trainer itself. 

The manual is based on existing knowledge on gender training, but also on experiences of its authors. The selected exercises have been tested by the authors and they have found them suitable for the preparation of new trainers.

The manual provides a clear structure for trainings. Furthermore it includes an accessible and comprehensive content and it strongly focuses on explaining the definition of gender, gender roles, gender needs and gender division of labour. 

The English manual can be found here.
The Russian manual can be found here.