Gender Equality

How do you engage with local communities to change perceptions on gender equality?

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Mary Stoker
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reply - Oct 07, 2017
Magezi Bashir's picture
Magezi Bashir
With Girls In School Initiative Uganda, we brought the men and boys on the forefront of supporting Girl Child Education, the Organisation is Boy-led, Boy-founded, Boy-run and Boy-funded with the main aim of making men and boys the stewards of having all girls get enrolled, are retained and complete school. Currently we are having community programs like ‘The Boy Talk Moment’ its simply a social gathering of boys and men (women join at will) to just have a cup of tea together one evening and discuss ways through which they can get more concerned the value of Girl Child Education. The student competitions for primary and secondary are all aimed at bringing into light the issues concerning Girl Child Education and what men and boys can actually do support the cause. These and many other programs in our Organisation aim at one goal which is summed up in our tagline slogan. ‘Where Boys Help’.
reply - Sep 09, 2016
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous
In the case of Alif Laila, our approach has always been direct and friendly. We have felt at ease with the communities we have worked with and through mutual give and take have created an understanding with them that has benefitted the girls. In our busti school project when Pathan elders showed an interest in schools within their community, we agreed provided girls could enroll too. They agreed, if female teachers could be brought in. They were. Most of the books and docudramas we have produced and shared with communities focus on girls and women as doers and problem solvers.
reply - Aug 07, 2015
Basarat Kazim's picture
Basarat Kazim
Sorry!! Missed entering my name after the previous comment.
reply - Aug 09, 2015
WISE ed.hub Community Manager's picture
WISE ed.hub Community Manager
Thank you for your participation, Basarat Kazim and Dalys Rodriguez, you have raised very important issues regarding the crucial role families play in the perception of women within communities. Could you give us some concrete examples of how your respective projects have approached families?
reply - Aug 07, 2015
Dalys Rodriguez's picture
Dalys Rodriguez
Our CAPTA or (training for employment) project focuses on empowering women by helping them understand their role in society which includes their role in the home. Women who suffer from gender discrimination from a very young age, carry with them the concept that they belong in a lower category and thus behave according the rules and traditions handed down to them. In our program, we define gender and discuss rights and duties from a standpoint of equality. This work is done through the classroom and through psychological sessions that develop self-esteem, confidence levels and self-worth; a tough task after years of violence, neglect and discrimination. Once we have worked with the women in a 5 week time frame, we bring in the family members often times children and male partners. The entire family sits through a 4 hour family relations module where they learn about respect, communication, understanding and tolerance principles. In many cases, it is the first time some family members get to discuss their love and their feelings in a positive way. We notice that the relationships change, especially the mother-children relationships; which is crucial for the generational change and impact that we'd like to see regarding education and gender equality.
reply - Aug 07, 2015
Dalys Rodriguez's picture
Dalys Rodriguez
Education in all of its forms is the best way to change perceptions about the gender. Not only what is taught in schools but also what is taught in the home is very important. Respecting gender roles in the home sets a perspective of equality and respect for the sexes and their differences.
reply - Aug 06, 2015
Basarat Kazim's picture
Basarat Kazim
First providing them food for thought...visuals they can look at, drama they can see, songs they can hear and then engage in a dialogue. Changing perceptions is not easy but can be done. Trust needs to be built. Alif Laila was able to convince Pathan elders that their daughters needed to be schooled. Our busti schools in their colony in Walton, Lahore ended up with an equal number of girls and boys. Once the squatter colony was dismantled parents enrolled their girls in regular schools.
reply - Aug 05, 2015
Marcus Vinícius Leite's picture
Marcus Vinícius Leite
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reply - Dec 19, 2014
KMarcovitch's picture
KMarcovitch
The approach for changing perceptions of gender is through education of what gender equality means for the people in that particular community. Depending on some particular factors I believe in engaging men who are in roles of leadership who understand the importance of gender equality and if they don't starting by educating them first. By having Male leaders empowered with this knowledge this can then have s large impact on how the progression for change can occur.
reply - Dec 17, 2014
Aïcha Diallo's picture
Aïcha Diallo
Changing mindset, changing attitudes and behavior can be reached through advocacy campaigns at the community and local levels. The campaigns will make them aware of the importance of educating both boys and girls. They will understand the benefits of educating in particular their girls. In fact girls’ education promotes 1) women empowerment (gender equality), 2) health for the whole family, 3) protection of the environment, 4) economic growth of the country, 5) social cohesion and peace. In one sentence, girls’ education is the backbone of sustainable development. This argument will convince the communities, and they will have the right attitudes and positive actions towards gender equality.
reply - Dec 08, 2014
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ngossefall@yahoo.fr
Nous devons monter aux collectivités locales que les filles et garçons ont les mêmes droits dans la société. Nous devons lutons contre les violences faites aux filles et engager la communauté à respecter les droits et devoirs des enfants
reply - Nov 26, 2014
Rana Dajani's picture
Rana Dajani
One smart way to make a difference is to somehow make the person resisting believe that he/she came up with the idea of change.
reply - Nov 05, 2014
Rana Dajani's picture
Rana Dajani
Empowering the members of the community to believe in themselves that they can make a difference. Understanding the culture first and its history. Understanding the psyche of the different members of the community then finding by trial and error the way to change perceptions while maintaining respect for the culture. This way change is possible. It is sustainable because it is from within.171
reply - Nov 05, 2014
Mama Zimbi Foundation's picture
Mama Zimbi Foundation
The mind set of the people in the community must change.
reply - Nov 05, 2014
Mehta Sheetal's picture
Mehta Sheetal
Engage with opinion leaders, and other stakeholders in the community and get them to take ownership of the issue. For example in the Nanhi Kali project we work with the Village Education Committee, School Management Committee, School principal, teachers and parents to sensitive them on gender issues.m
reply - Nov 05, 2014
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous
You have to change the mind set of the people in the community.
reply - Nov 05, 2014
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Influence edu policy at National and provincial level to incentivise gender equality. Understand policy and use existing policy to advance gender equality at local level.
reply - Nov 05, 2014