A Gender Framework in Workshops

  • Facilitate safe spaces in which women and men feel comfortable addressing gender issues.
  • Consider whether you will make progress integrating men and women or creating separate spaces for experiences to be shared e.g. on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), masculinities.
  • Take into account women’s time poverty (on account of having both income generating and child-rearing duties) and plan your workshop duration, location, day and time accordingly.
  • Consider the effect public spaces or places of worship will have on participation in your workshop.
  • Host workshops in child-friendly spaces and provide childcare if possible. Failing that, set aside a space for children with toys and books, or integrate children into the workshop by running a parallel activity.
  • Consider cultural norms and openness in your context: will a male facilitator make a difference? You should consider the gender of your workshop facilitator for certain topics.
  • In certain cultures it is uncommon for women to express themselves publicly or take part in physical activities such as those contemplated by icebreakers. Plan your activities accordingly and anticipate reticence to participate at the beginning.
  • Be particularly alert for male experiences of SGBV which are often silenced. Be prepared to guide discussion or comfort individuals if such topics come up.