ORGANIZING WITH A GENDER FRAME

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Defining Gender

INTRO: TALKING ABOUT GENDER AND INTERSECTIONALITY

Overview: Participants will build a foundation for the rest of the training by helping to create their ideal learning environment in which to learn about gender and intersectionality. This session is highly interactive and critical to laying the foundation for the rest of the material.

Audience: Everyone

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

 

GALLERY WALK AND DEFINITIONS

Overview: To help the group build a shared language and framework for gender by introducing and discussing definitions. This is a short interactive exercise.

Audience: People who are new to conversations about gender in their own work. People who are coming together in coalition or partnership around these issues for the first time.

Length: 1 hour

GENDER BOX

Overview: Participants will reflect on the impact of sexism, homophobia and gender roles on individuals and organizations by talking through and naming the stereotypes associated with people’s gender. This is an interactive exercise that requires participants to be honest about the ways in which society defines traditional gender roles.

Audience: People who are new to conversations about gender in their work.

Length: 1 hour

GENDER SPECTRUM AND THE AUTHENTIC GENDER MODEL

Overview: Participants will place themselves along a gender and sexuality spectrum and start to see the diversity in gender identity and sexuality and will begin to understand the nuances and complexities of gender justice as it connects to our many identities. This exercise invites people to begin to define their own gender: how they express it and how their gender is perceived in society.

Audience: People who are ready to apply what they know so far about gender.

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes

HOW OPPRESSION MANIFESTS

RECOGNIZING OUR ROLE

Overview: Before our analysis extends outward, we need to look first at ourselves. Participants will reflect on their own contributions to sexism and gender oppression in their lives, personally and as leaders. This session gives participants the opportunity to do some reflection and to share in pairs.

Audience: People who are new to conversations about gender and who are ready to do more.

Length: 50 minutes

GENDER OPPRESSION IN OUR ORGANIZATIONS

Overview: Gender equity can be a blind spot for many of our organizations and this can have a ripple effect in the progressive movement. In this session we will work with some fictitious scenarios of movement moments where a gender lens would come in handy.

Audience: People who are prepared to incorporate a gender lens in their organization’s work or who are ready to create partnerships and alliances with organizations who are working to create gender equity.

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

WHEN OPPRESSION IS INSTITUTIONALIZED

Overview: Participants will leave this session being able to identify the ways sexism intersects with other forms of oppression in our institutions, and how that shape our lives. They will also look at some examples of truly intersectional policy and the kinds of victories we want win. This will help people begin to build an understanding of how and why we need to approach all aspects of social change work with a gender lens.

Audience: People who want to know how to interrupt our institutions and start creating new laws and policies that are more intersectional and impactful.

Length: 1 hour 5 minutes

STORYTELLING

INTRO TO STORYTELLING

Overview: Storytelling is one of our greatest tools as organizers and social changemakers. In this session participants will get the chance to think about and tell their story about their own experience with their gender. Participants will get some time to reflect, write and share their stories with each other.

Audience: People who are new to the use of storytelling as an organizing and engagement tool.

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

TELLING YOUR STORY

Overview: Participants will be able to tell their personal organizing stories by articulating the challenges, choices, and opportunities that brought them to their work for social justice. This session helps organizers further refine their personal story – a tool that helps us connect with people, build trust and eventually mobilize others to action.

Audience: Any and all organizers, leaders, or activists.

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

CALL TO ACTION

Overview: Participants will learn the skill of telling a collective story faced by our communities. This moves beyond your personal story to defining our shared challenges and opportunities for action. This is a useful tool in being able to inspire others to action.

Audience: Leaders, organizers, activists who know their personal story and who find themselves in the position of inspiring others to take action.

Length: 1 hour 5 minutes

TOOLS FOR ACTION

VISIONING FOR THE FUTURE WE WANT

Overview: Now that we are armed with a gender lens, it’s time to identify what it is that we want to create in the world. Participants will create a vision for their work, their communities or their organizations through guided visualization exercises.

Audience: Everyone

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

STRENGTHENING OUR ORGANIZATIONS

Overview: Let’s start applying what we are learning. Oftentimes we have plenty of work to do within our own organization and communities. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to assess their organization’s/campaign’s commitment to gender equity at all levels of their work. Additionally, participants will have specific goals and renewed energy to continue working to make their vision a reality.

Audience: People who are ready to apply what they have learned about intersectional gender equity to their work.

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

STRENGTHENING OUR PARTNERSHIPS

Overview: Movement building happens through collaboration, partnership and risk taking. We can no longer go it alone as campaigns, movements or organizations. This session will help participants build the skills necessary to engage authentically with partner organizations regardless of their demonstrated commitment to intersectional gender equity with the intention of moving towards a long term vision for gender justice together.

Audience: People who are ready to apply what they have learned about intersectional gender equity to their work.

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

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