- On February 23, 2018
SEND GHANA organised a two-day training workshop on gender in relation to HIV for staff working on the “People for Health” project. The workshop, which took place in Accra, was organised with the aim of equipping them with skills to become gender aware, increasing their knowledge of the differences and relations between men and women in society, being able to identify gender gaps in policies and programmes in order to advocate for gender mainstreaming and integration.
Mr. Samuel Essah who is the facilitator for the workshop began the training by assessing participants’ level of understanding of some common gender terms. He then introduced them to a few gender concepts, explaining with local proverbs and scenarios that participants can relate to. At the end of the seminar, they were able to analyse selected public documents, identifying gender issues in them and proposed strategies for correction.
Participants generally expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the training. For instance, Mr. Maurice Nkrumah, the M&E Officer for the “People for Health” project, rated his knowledge on gender after the workshop as two out of three. “[This is because] it is my first time of attending gender training. This has afforded me the opportunity to appreciate the broader perspective of gender issues in the country, particularly in relation to the fight against the spread of HIV,” Maurice asserted.
Mr. Benedict Mensah, who is with the communication unit of SEND GHANA, said the training increased his knowledge on gender issues. “Before coming to this training, I already had a fair idea about some of the gender concepts, but this workshop delved deeper into them, explaining and linking them to real life situations,” he noted.
Ms. Anita Awuku, a Field Officer of SEND GHANA, also shared her learning experience after the workshop. “I have gotten to learn about a number of gender related terms especially the differences between gender integration and gender mainstreaming,” Anita stated. According to Ms. Eunice Nkrumah, the training has enhanced her knowledge on gender in relation to budgeting and HIV and AIDS. “I had previously read and attended a workshop on gender, but this particular gender training took another form helping me to view HIV and AIDS with a gender lense. It has also provided me with reasons to make gender responsive budgets,” Ms. Nkrumah, a Field Officer at SEND GHANA, said.
Mr. Siapha Kamara, on his part, showed appreciation to the facilitator. Mr. Kamara said he is impressed with Mr. Essah’s method of delivery. On behalf of the participants and SEND GHANA, Mr. Kamara presented some materials to the facilitator. The items received by Mr. Essah include SEND GHANA’s Gender manual, the award winning Participatory, Monitoring and Evaluation Manual and SEND’s 18th anniversary cloth.
This training workshop forms part of activities under the “People for Health” project being implemented by SEND GHANA, Penplusbytes and Ghana News Agency, and funded by the USAID.