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July 2022

Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogues

Introduction

These training materials were developed for the Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) Timor-Leste initiative to facilitate a series of dialogues with beneficiary household members on the topics of sharing household chores, harmful gender norms, and joint decision making to mitigate the risk of unintended harmful consequences potentially related to mistreatment or GBV when women engage in an economic activity.

Training of Trainers Guide

The Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogue Training of Trainers (TOT) Guide was developed for WAGE BEST trainers to prepare training officers/staff of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to facilitate a series of dialogues with beneficiary household members on the topics of sharing household chores, harmful gender norms and joint decision making in order to mitigate the risk of unintended harmful consequences potentially related to mistreatment or gender-based violence (GBV) when women engage in an economic activity. This TOT guide includes activities to provide a foundational understanding of the intersection between GBV and women’s economic empowerment (WEE); the purpose of intrahousehold dialogues; the difference between a dialogue and a debate; how to prepare for dialogues and how to facilitate them (including facilitating difficult topics); and steps to practice and receive feedback as an intrahousehold dialogue facilitator.

The Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogues TOT Guide is part of a complete training package that includes the following:

  1. Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogues Training of Trainers (TOT) Guide – to be used to prepare CSO staff to facilitate dialogues with beneficiary households.
  2. Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Gender Dialogues TOT Power Point Slides – to accompany the TOT guide to prepare CSO staff to facilitate dialogues with beneficiary households.
  3. Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogues Field Guide – to be used by training officers to facilitate dialogues with beneficiary households.

Training of Trainers PowerPoint 

Field Guide 

The Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogue Field Guide was developed to support CSOs in Timor-Leste to organize and facilitate discussions with beneficiary household members in order to mitigate the risk of GBV when women engage in an economic activity. This field guide provides considerations for when an intrahousehold dialogue should be organized; steps to take before, during, and after a dialogue is conducted; strategies and best practices in designing a dialogue; and five dialogue activities to conduct with household members, particularly partners and married couples.

The Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogues Field Guide is part of a complete training package that includes the following:

  1. Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogues Training of Trainers (TOT) Guide – to be used by WAGE staff to prepare CSO staff to facilitate dialogues with beneficiary households.
  2. Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Gender Dialogues TOT Power Point Slides – to accompany the TOT guide to prepare CSO staff to facilitate dialogues with beneficiary households.
  3. Mitigating Unintended Harmful Consequences: Intrahousehold Dialogues Field Guide – to be used by CSO staff to facilitate dialogues with beneficiary households.

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)