Jordan, July 2018Last week eleven Jordanian participants took part in a two-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on “Gender Awareness Raising and Mainstreaming in Local Governance” in Amman as part of the Local Governance and Resilience Programme (LOGOReP) in partnership with The Hague Academy for Local Governance. The participants represented central and local governments as well as women non-profit organisations.
With this training we aim to raise awareness among the newly elected local officials on gender sensitivity. Through the Training of Trainers approach adapoted by VNG International and The Hague Academy for Local Governance, we enable local trainers to give this trainer to others in Jordan. The advantage of this is that the local trainers are able to adapt the training materials to the realities on the ground.
Intithar Shara and Rasha Khasaeleh, young and ambitious representatives of the General Federation of Jordanian Women in the Mafraq governorate, 65 km east of the capital, enjoyed the participatory learning environment, and look forward to raise gender awareness among others in Mafraq. Intithar is even planning to run for elections for the local council at the next elections!
Muhanad Al Khawaldeh, the only male participant in this training course, is the manager of the municipality of Balaama in the Mafraq governorate said: “Besides the skills I acquired during these two days, I was also touched personally by this training and changed my views on gender roles and needs.
The trainers showed a very good video that I will definitely use in my own trainings: ‘The Experiment: Are you sure you don’t gender-stereotype children in the toys you choose for them?’. This video and training had a very significant impact on my understanding of gender roles. I spoke with my wife about my experience in the course, and we decided to give our children the freedom to choose their toys or the colour of their clothes.”
To be continued!