NCDC Organized GESI Training to 12 Local Partners

NCDC Organized GESI Training to 12 Local Partners

A three day’s residential training was organized by NCDC in Pahuna Ghar of Nepalgunj. Participated by 23 participants from 12 partner organizations, Bishnu B. Khatri (consultant) and Bina Maharjan (GESIO of NCDC) were the facilitators and co-facilitators respectively. Expect LiBIRD, which had only one staff participating, all partners (Non-Governmental Organization) had 2 members participating in the training. From NCDC, Mira Khawas (member of executive board) and Amol Acharya participated in the training.

Jaya B. Mahara of Yes Nepal, Achham sharing his views on GESI

Jaya B. Mahara of Yes Nepal, Achham sharing his views on GESI

On the first day of training, introduction round was very interesting. Apart from sharing their name and organization being represented, participants were also asked to recall time in the past when they realized that they were male or female. Almost all of the participants indicated towards the social, cultural, religional parameters established by society to distinguish between male and female; biological aspect was totally missing. In the second session, concept and definition of gender were explained. Kamal Vasin’s video about patriarchy was particular interesting. Her one liner – leave out husbands and bring in life partners – is the one that stood out. In the third session, the concept of social inclusion, exclusion and diversity was discussed. And, in the fourth session, human rights & right based approach, international commitments and national provisions (constitutional, legal and policy provisions relevant to GESI) were shared and discussed.

First session of the second day started with a recap from participant about the first day. In the recap as well, the Kamal Vasin’s video was highly regarded. In the march forward, the facilitator explained about GESI mainstreaming, GESI campaign and advocacy. In the second session, qualities and characteristics of GESI sensitive organization were discussed. In the third session, ways of integrating GESI in major steps (Planning, Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting) of project management cycle was shared by the facilitator and the participants discussed about different issues with respect to the practices in their organization.

The third and final day, local planning process & GESI, role of civil society organization in promoting GESI were discussed. In the second and third round, each organization worked on preparing their status as GESI friendly organization and shared their best practices as well as their learning from other partner organizations. In the closing session, certificates were distributed to the participants from Waranoot Tungittiplakorn Strand – Head of International Department of Development Fund – Norway. Aina Grødahl – Nepal Program Coordinator – was also present in the certificate distribution.