A Non-threatening Approach to Gender Awareness Training? Some possibilities

Publication year: 
1991

Reflections around the tensions between male fieldworkers and Women's Project Officers on an Oxfam project, lead to the idea that RRA training can help to raise gender awareness. The RRA approach encourages fieldworkers to listen, to see that communities are not "homogenous blobs" and to abandon preconceived ideas. A case-study from Sierra Leone shows how a social map drawing activity done separately by men and women revealed their different perceptions and needs. The second case-study shows how RRA work in Ghana caused male fieldworkers to change their views of women's position in the community. The next most important step would be to "transform fieldworkers' anger and resentment into positive pride in their awareness of difference".

Interest groups: 
An approach that could be considered by trainers of trainers, trainers and fieldworkers.
Source publication information
Source: 
Mimeo
Pages: 
7
Publisher
ActionAid
Available at IDS for reference
London
Holdings: 
IIED, G3, IDS,
Publisher reference: 
ActionAid

How to find this resource

Shelfmark in IDS Resource Centre
C : Guides and manuals : Gender issues 258