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Working through the Gender Lenses

June 24th, 2014 Posted in English, Gender, Ghana

gender training Participants in their Gender lensesEvery Gender Sensitive Indicator is supposed to measure at least the gap between men and women; the different roles, responsibilities and access to resources of different members of society; gauge progress towards achieving gender equality goals and disaggregate data by sex, age and other variables.

So the question is how can we design projects to reflect these diversities and capture all these little details without our gender lenses? The Gender lens is an imaginary eye one must adopt in order to see the very little gender disparities in our programme cycle – design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Some participants of the Gender and Development (GAD) training organised for focal persons and partners from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana stressed the importance of catching little facts that are usually ignored in our project development stage as a result of taking things at the face value.

Wairimu Munyinyi, a participant from Sierra Leone attest that although she has been a gender focal person for long time she still needs to critically analyse issues before getting the right gender perspective.

“It does not matter  how much experiences you go through there will be always that instance that one could be gender blind so it’s a constant reminder to ourselves on regular basis even as gender focal points that we are not immune to some of these biases in our work”.

“There are some things that we look at but will ignore until we have put on our gender lenses”, Mary Margaret Eshun WACAM.

“We should open our eyes and ears to both vulnerable men and women in our development work and we will see exactly what their development needs are and how to better support them” Dominic Deme Der, Oxfam.

The three day gender training introduced participants to gender analysis, budgeting and project designing with indicators that are workable and sensitive to addressing gender disparities.

“I would not have been able to support my partners in the past but with the introduction of the gender tool kit I am better positioned to educate the rest”, Nadine Kone, Senior Extractive Industries Regional Officer, Senegal.

“The training has exposed me to the importance of gathering sensitive especially the qualitative and quantitative data indicators for effective gender analysis”, Safari Aime Kayinamura, Sierra Leone.

The 12 participants of the training were introduced to the Gender and Development (GAD) toolkits to enable them replicate the training in their respective countries.

Naana Nkansah Agyekum

Media and Communications Officer

Oxfam in Ghana

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