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Gender Equality Training: Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit

European Institute for Gender Equality
This toolkit provides participants with relevant knowledge, skills, and values that allow them to contribute to the effective implementation of gender equality strategies. According to this resource, gender equality training is part of gender equality competence training that includes face-to-face training events and courses, staff induction programs, online modules, guidance materials and resources, and networks for knowledge-sharing.

This resource presents a step-by-step guide to design effective gender equality training programs:

Planning phase: Preparing the ground for an effective gender equality competence development initiative (including gender equality training):

  1. Assess the need for gender equality training in the organization.
  2. Integrate gender equality training into a broader gender equality strategy.
  3. Ensure that sufficient resources are allocated to implement the training and plan a follow-up strategy.
  4. Draft terms of reference needed for developing an effective gender equality training.
  5. Select a trainer with competencies, skills, and knowledge relevant to the organization’s needs.

Implementation phase: Setting up a gender equality competence development activity that responds to the organization’s needs and roles:

  1. Engage in the gender-learning needs assessment by assessing participants’ background and current area of work, participants’ knowledge of gender issues and concepts, participants’ expectations and motivation for attending training, etc.
  2. Actively participate in the design of the gender equality training keeping in mind the organization’s mandate. The guide provides a list of essential items to include.
  3. Encourage people of all levels to participate in the training.
  4. Plan and implement a monitoring framework (quantitative and qualitative data).

Evaluation and follow-up phase: Securing long-term outcomes:

  1. Set up an evaluation framework to measure the outcomes of the training.
  2. Assess the long-term impacts of training at the individual and organizational levels.
  3. Give space and support to participants to implement new knowledge in their work.

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