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Gender Awareness training in Lebanese Society and Education

30 January 2023
On Monday, January 30th, Mekky Zaidi and Jorn Dormans (CIS-VU) rounded off a 3-day Gender Awareness training in Chtaura, Lebanon for our project partners Al Kayrawan, DRA (INMAA) and CIS College.

Despite starting in the weekend and long travel, 20 participants partook from various regions (Beqaa, Tripoli, Arsal, Akkar and Beirut), among which teachers, coordinators, social workers and management. Many thanks to all the participants for their commitment and active participation and even more impressively, their openness and courage to discuss sensitive topics, which for many was the first time in an interactive training setting!

The training included the concept of gender and diversity, positive and toxic masculinity, gender sensitization and responsiveness in education, and gender-based violence (GVB&VAW). Participants worked on various group assignments including the design of a gender equality plan and an awareness campaign.

Participants conveyed the importance of being able to discuss the topic of gender in their work and daily lives. Many requested a TOT and follow-up training incl. more topics and training days. Also, the training gave them the opportunity for team building with colleagues from other offices and organisations. This was highly valued.

This was the last training activity by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam within the Nuffic-funded Brighter Futures project which will end on March 31. It is hoped that the consortium can find new opportunities to continue the work in the area of education and beyond.

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