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Gender and Power Dynamics Training Guides


These training materials are from Grameen Foundation's Gender and Power Dynamics (GPD) training — a participatory and experiential learning approach that was implemented with WAGE partner staff to shift harmful gender perspectives and behaviors that disempower women economically. ​

Facilitator’s Guide

Facilitators use this Guide to engage FSP and CSO staff on the topic of how power dynamics, conflict, and gender affect the way they work together, they way they serve clients and how power, conflict and beliefs about gender roles impact the women entrepreneurs access finance and grow their business. The objectives, preparation, and steps for each activity are clearly and completely described. The handouts or other materials required for discussion and/or distribution are embedded in the text of the activity or in the pages that follow.

This Facilitator’s Guide has 3 important components. The first is the activities themselves. The objectives, preparation, and steps for each of the activities are clearly and completely detailed to assist facilitators in their implementation. The second component is a PowerPoint presentation that supplements the activities, and the third component is a participant workbook with handouts and key takeaways from activities.

The Facilitator’s Guide provides a set of workshop activities with detailed instructions to guide facilitators to implement the activities with groups of trainees, typically FSP or CSO staff. It is designed to provide facilitators with step-by-step instructions to implement each activity as well as the opportunity to explore in more depth some of the concepts and information related to understanding internal biases, gender norms/roles, beliefs about women’s and men’s role in society, power dynamics, and the role that conflict plays in families and communities. In addition, activities will allow participants to explore how conflict influences their individual practices, behaviors, and actions as well as their clients’ practices, behaviors and actions.

Participant Workbook

Training PowerPoint

The Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA) has neither reviewed nor sanctioned its content. Accordingly, the views expressed in the report should not be construed as representing the policy of the ABA. Furthermore, nothing contained in this report is to be considered rendering legal advice for specific cases, and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice from their own legal counsel. All opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the United States Government, WAGE, or any members of the WAGE consortium.

About WAGE

Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) is a global consortium to advance the status of women and girls, led by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in close partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Grameen Foundation USA (Grameen), and Search for Common Ground (Search). WAGE works to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and private sector organizations in target countries to improve the prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV); advance the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda; and support women’s economic empowerment (WEE). In this context, WAGE provides direct assistance to women and girls, including information, resources, and services they need to succeed as active and equal participants in the global economy and public life. WAGE also engages in collaborative research and learning to build a body of evidence of relevant promising practices in these thematic areas. To account for the deeply interconnected nature of women’s and girls’ experiences, WAGE’s initiatives employ approaches that are highly collaborative, integrated, and inclusive. WAGE is funded by the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI).