"Gender is going to be a core philanthropic competency in the 21st century. "
Damon Hewitt, Director, Executives Alliance
Introduction to Gender Norms
Our 60-minute introductory training covers all the basic concepts, terminology and research findings around gender norms in simple, accessible language accompanied by concrete examples to illustrate key ideas. We also offer a 30-minute version for management and boards that covers only the most fundamental ideas and concepts.
In-Depth Gender Training
Our in-depth trainings cover everything our introductions do, but in more depth and with additional examples. They also focus on a series of hands-on, small-group exercises that help participants actively assimilate key ideas into their own thinking as well as align their conception of a gender lens with co-workers’.
Gender Audits ©
Websites, printed materials, new employee training, policies and programs all offer points of entry where a gender lens could easily be integrated. Our Gender Audits look at all this and more to help organizations pull a gender focus through all aspects of their work and ensure it becomes part of their structural "DNA” in ways that survive the institutional memory of current staff.
White Paper Reports
White papers and reports — when possible illustrated by specific examples from community-based research — can be emailed, handed-out and posted online to continue informing discussion and sparking dialog after webinars and trainings are over.
Every community has its own norms when it comes to gender. Knowing these is the key to effective work. Young men in El Paso, Newark. Mobile and Silicon Valley all understand masculinity in common but also very specific ways. Our focus groups and in-depth interviews with community members and the agencies who serve them can help provide insight and understanding of the nuances of the local gender culture.
There is a wealth of proven exercises from international NGOs that provide a strong, specific focus on teaching participants how to think critically about gender norms. With input from local agencies — and when possible the results from community-based research — we adapt them so they can be quickly taught and readily integrated into grantees’ existing programs. We also provide before-and-after metrics, data analysis and ongoing handholding.