Training of Trainers Manual on Gender Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Management

30 Jun 2008
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Summary

The manual developed for master trainers, government functionaries and civil society organizations engaged in disaster management, focuses on ways to mainstream gender in disaster risk management processes.

“Mainstreaming a gender perspective is the process of assessing the implication for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in any area and at all levels. It is a strategy for making the concerns and experiences of women as well as of men an integral part of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that women and men benefit equally, and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal of mainstreaming is to achieve gender equality.”


The ToT module attempts a positive change and outlook towards being gender sensitive. Change involves both learning and unlearning. This module has been developed through a participatory process, as the approach recognized people as a source of knowledge. It encourages the participants to value their own knowledge and participate in the learning process because it is easier to own knowledge and participate in the learning process because it is easier to develop strategies to change their immediate setting when they are encouraged to work with the knowledge they have from their own experience.


This training manual is primarily meant for master trainers of disaster management, disaster risk reduction programme functionaries, and different stakeholders such as government and civil society organizations. It can be used as a sensitization tool on gender issues in disaster management. During the implementation of the DRM Programme, a need was felt to mainstream gender sensitivity among the functionaries for ensuring an all inclusive effort. In view of the felt need, Training Need Assessment (TNA) of Disaster Risk Management Programme staff was conducted in 2007 to access practioner’s needs and capabilities to mainstream gender for reducing disaster risks. Accordingly, a strategy was developed after analysis of the programme implementation process, project evaluation report and consultations with the DRM Practioners. Based on this analysis a Training of Trainers (ToT) manual on Gender Mainstreaming in Disaster Risk Management has been developed. The ToT module attempts a positive change and outlook towards being gender sensitive.

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