MMS in collaboration with IAMANEH Schweiz organises a 1-day workshop on how to apply gender-transformative work in sexual and reproductive health and rights projects and programs with a special focus on gender-based violence. The aim of the workshop is to convey to participants a clear understanding of what gender-transformative work means, how gender-transformative approaches can be applied in a specific context (Western Balkans and West Africa) and what kind of tools for self-reflection processes are available.
Photo: © IAMANEH Schweiz
Gender refers to society’s widely shared norms and expectations about the roles, characteristics and accepted behaviour for men and women. In most contexts, norms support men’s superiority over women. Heterosexuality is the norm, women’s sexuality is often ignored, and sexual diversity is in many cases not respected. Rigid gender norms can encourage men to engage in high-risk behaviours affecting their own health and the health of their partners. Unsafe sex is a major contributor to global morbidity and mortality through the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and through unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Gender norms in many contexts also legitimize the acceptance and use of violence against women and girls, and violence against other (gay) men.
Evidence shows that gender equality cannot be reached solely by gender-sensitive approaches and awareness raising. Root causes need to be addressed and that is where gender-transformative processes begin in order to redefine gender roles and values.
Gender transformative work seeks to transform gender relations to promote equality through critical reflections and questioning of individual practices, institutional dynamics and broader social norms that create and reinforce gender inequalities and vulnerabilities for men and women.
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019