AFA, WOCAN conduct gender leadership training in the Philippines

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and the Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and NRM (WOCAN) are conducting the “Leadership Course for Women & Men Supporting Gender Equality” on May 24 – 31, 2010 in the Philippines.

The training has two parts:
–May 24-27 will be a trainers’ training with one person from AFA and four persons from PAKISAMA (4 women, 1 man)
–May 28-31 will be a training for a larger group of participants from the PAKISAMA National Council, National Execom, LAKAMBINI (women’s group in PAKISAMA), and the AFA secretariat

The trainers’ training has 3 main topics:

Gender analysis and gender analysis frameworks – which will allow us to do analysis in the field so we know who we will target in our village activities. Some tools are used like activity profile, decision making profile, access and control profile.

Gender mainstreaming – where we mean that we should find ways and means to train people in how to do organizational change using the gender lens and is gender sensitive.

Change agents – where all participants are considered changes agents who will be training others to be change agents too. One of the key things in being a change agent is women’s leadership. What is women’s leadership and how it is distinguished from men’s leadership. How to generate men’s support for women’s leadership. Men to explore masculinity to support women’s leadership.

Mr. Barun Gurung and Ms. Colletah Chitsikeh are facilitators of the training.

The training is part of the AFA-WOCAN project supported by IFAD on rural women’s leadership project.

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