The failures and mistakes of the past are changing conceptions of development cooperation. One of the major developments, both in international organizations and in a large number of NGOs, is the consideration of the role of women in development and in particular, the “gender approach” that will be presented today.
Taken by the urgency and the daily life, and probably limited in their means, many French-speaking NGOs do not always take the time to discuss in depth their practices and the results obtained, in particular with regard to the women.
Each year is a milestone in our approach to NGOs, raising awareness and collaboration to better take into account gender relations in development actions. With the winning 4 young woman the progress is on.
- This study and training day was conceived for the NGOs of the North and concerns all the activities of an NGO. It is intended for development education managers, trainers and facilitators, public opinion officers and development project managers. The objectives proposed to the participants are:
- Refine reflection on the advancement of women in a framework of equity and justice. To train in analyzing the place and roles of women in development.
Consider gender mainstreaming in practice
We present an overview of the role of women in development by adopting the NGO’s point of view and frame of reference. This day is mainly intended to initiate or develop a reflection within the NGOs, a reflection that allows them to engage in the consideration of gender relations. The analysis will therefore not focus specifically on projects, which are one of the components of the implementation of NGO policy and will be the subject of specific training.
This overview is organized around 3 points:
- The concept of gender,
- The theory of 3 roles and some elements of analysis,
- Change strategies especially for Northern NGOs.
This content is addressed through theoretical contributions, concrete examples and the exchange of experience of the participants.
This document, more than a syllabus, is a starting point for a deepening of studies and exchanges, for both participants and organizers: it takes the concepts and information that we have prepared, but also a summary of information issues, questions and suggestions of great richness that emerged in the discussions; we hope that the collaboration of this day will develop.
It is important to remember that we are situated in the ideological and ethical context of the most widespread development cooperation among democratic NGOs, that where economic development and social, human and political development go hand in hand.
NGO interventions are based on “a philosophy of development that aims to promote the empowerment of the poor by helping them to increase their capacity, access to resources and the gut power necessary to achieve and maintain a satisfactory standard of living.