In October 2019 the partners from Belarus Water Programme gathered to deepen awareness and sensitivity for gender and explore how it can be relevant in the work for the environment.
The training was held by Swedish and Russian experts Vidar Vetterfalk, Psychologist (MÄN, Sweden), Marina Pisklakova-Parker, PH.D.sociology (Center ANNA, Russia) and Nikolai Eremin, Expert in social work with fathers (Center ANNA, Russia).
Goals of the meeting:
- Deeper understanding of what gender is;
- Deeper self-reflection about gender and how I relate to it;
- Put on the “gender spectacles” and look at environmental challenges;
- Collaborate and start to develop understanding, language and methods for how to work with gender and environment – for care for humans and nature.
A trustful and friendly atmosphere was formed during the meeting where the participants were open to discussion gender stereotypes, socialization and how it happens. During the second day examples of masculinity models were presented and the role of masculinity in changes. The meeting contained a lot of discussions and brainstorming of ideas about which areas of environmental work we can incorporate the gender concept.
90% of the participants rated the training at 5 and 4 on a five-point scale and were very satisfied with the participation and discoveries made in the process.
Some of the quotes from the participants feedback about what things will they take back into their work after the training.
- “I will analyse methods of work with target audience and results considering gender issues.”
- “With the new information I will consider how to make my work better and include gender aspects in it.”
- “We need to include more people in our work, taking gender in consideration, we are going to raise awareness on gender issues among our colleagues and volunteers.”
- “We need to engage more men in the work of our organisation.”
- “I will definitely pay more attention on how the stereotypes are incorporated in our mind and life.”
- “We need to find new opportunities in interaction with people for solving environmental problems.”
The evaluation results can be find Evaluation results GT.