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CDFs enhanced their knowledge on G&D

 

The Community Development Facilitators (CDFs) of the different CHARM2 Project covered areas had training on gender analysis and gender mainstreaming as part of their knowledge enhancement on gender and development (GAD).

 

Ms. Virginia O. Verora, an IFAD consultant, facilitated the training through a one-day session of lectures and activities held at Mt. Tepeyac Hotel on July 11, 2015. Despite the weekend schedule, the CDFs made time to participate on the event.

 

“What do you want to know and why”, emphasized Ms. Verora as she pointed out that for gender analysis  to occur, there must be a gender issue to be documented. To further explain the concept, she used a case example of an agro-micro livelihood where women are the most dominant members. It was learned through gender analysis that men in the family are very keen to establish security of the family that they don’t have time to join and women wanted to earn added income  that caused them  to join.

 

In gender analysis,  however, one has to fully examine the reasons behind  the community’s actions, their culture, their exposure, the impacts, and benefits. Also, the researcher needs to validate  it through facts and figures.

 

On the other  hand, Ms. Verora also emphasized the difference of equality and equity in relation to gender mainstreaming. She said that gender equality pertains to opportunity while gender equity is based on need. While equality means distributing the same amount to all members of a certain group, equity would be distributing a certain amount to each member of a group based on their needs. Thus, clarifying that gender mainstreaming is on equity component not adding a “woman component” or “even a gender equality component” into an existing activity.

 

After the training, the participants were able to gain knowledge that genders don’t only focus on one aspect but also focuses in the other aspects of the community and GAD is not a competition between men and women but an equal and equitable participation of all. They were also able to deepen their knowledge in gender sensitivity and equality for better documentation practices despite the limited time given. // Sheena M. Mauricio

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