HHH Center for Women & Public Policy to host Enhancement Workshop

Congratulations to Debra Fitzpatrick and the Humphrey School's Center for Women and Public Policy on being awarded a 2015-16 Humphrey Enhancement Workshop by the Institute for International Education.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, funds Enhancement Workshops open to Humphrey International Fellows from around the United States.

The Center for Women and Public Policy project will focus on bringing together Minnesota-based women/gender activist and policy organizations with counterparts overseas, working with Humphrey School Humphrey Fellow alumni Ms. Rawan Yaghi (Lebanon, 2014-15), Ms. Sarah Kyei (Ghana, 2013-14) and Ms. Ada Gallegos (Peru, 2012-13).

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Enhancement Workshop
Using a Gender Lens to advance Gender Equity across Fields
Proposed dates: March 28-31, 2016

Introduction and Rationale

There is a growing recognition internationally that gender inequality compromises the ability of individual women and girls (but also men and boys), their communities and countries to thrive socially and economically. At the same time, culturally constructed ideas or norms about gender are endemic to every field of work, study and life. Gender norms are socially constructed ideals, scripts, expectations for how to be a woman or a man, a girl or a boy; they determine who does what, to whom, when and how, shape how individuals act and how organizations and institutions work. A gender lens, meaning to be aware of the impact of gender equity and/or gender norms on a problem or issue, can and should be applied across every Humphrey Fellow’s professional field to maximize program implementation and effectiveness. Transportation infrastructure, for example, will not be maximized unless gendered aspects of usage are taken in to account.

“Behind the progress towards gender equality and persistent gender gaps lies an almost universal set of factors embedded in social and gender norms … that share and reinforce the gender inequities of power and impact the choices and freedom of women and girls (and men and boys).” World Bank 2012

This in-person four day workshop held in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota, March 29 through 31, 2016, for up to 30 fellows will address the following three inter-related questions:

· How does gender impact my issue and/or organization?

· How do gender norms about leadership impact my leadership strategies and effectiveness?

· What are the best strategies for addressing gender norms and gender inequality in my professional field? And what can I learn and apply from other countries and other professional fields?

Workshop participants will leave with:

· Tools for conducting a gender audit or applying a gender lens within their field and/or organization.

· Enhanced skills for addressing gendered barriers to leadership.

· Cross-sector, multi-country strategies for addressing gender norms and gender-based inequities.

· Relationships among peers in the US and across the globe dealing with similar challenges.

This workshop is designed to be helpful for all fellows, including:

· Men and women

· Every professional field

· All countries and regions

· Different levels of experience with gender analysis

As the recent HeForShe campaign shows (HeForShe.org), there is a growing movement and recognition that men are critical to advancing gender equity and stand to gain significantly from a more equal world. This workshop will directly address the important role men can play and how a gender analysis can help everyone in a wide range of situations and across all sectors of society. During at least one part of the program, men and women will be given an opportunity to meet separately to have discussion and conversation about the challenges unique to each. The importance of and opportunities for including girls and boys where feasible as a means to transform gender norms will also be imbedded throughout the workshop.
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