Gender Training in Kenya
This past January, ERD facilitated a weeklong Gender Equality training in Nairobi, Kenya. This was the first in-country training we have organised since the pandemic, and it was so great to gather again in-person. The first three days covered a range of gender related topics including Understanding Gender, Gender Approaches in Development, Gender Analysis, Social Norm Change and Gender Monitoring and Evaluation. Over 30 participants from our partner projects in Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania attended. The final two days featured a Training of Trainers (ToT) programme with 10 participants who travelled to Kenya from around the ER network including mission office personnel from the Philippines, Latin America and the Africa Province. The aim was to ensure gender will be sustained by building capacity of trainers in the Edmund Rice network.
On the final day, the group of 10 ToT participants were able to visit two partner projects in Nairobi – Edmund Rice Centre Nairobi and Mirrors of Hope. It was great not only to see the projects in action, but to witness the sharing of ideas and learnings between projects in the Edmund Rice Network.
Over the past year, ERD has been working with our partners on building capacity in gender equality in Edmund Rice development projects. This programme has included a gender equality assessment of projects, a gender equality framework, basic and advanced virtual trainings, and this in-country training. Our consultant Dr. Sumera Jabeen has been an integral and invaluable part of the gender equality project over the last year, and we look forward to continuing our work with her on gender in 2024. We thank Misean Cara and Edmund Rice foundation Australia and Kenya for supporting this programme.