USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a Gender Animation and Mobilization Training in Catandica, Mozambique from August 5-7, 2015. The workshop was a follow-up to previous gender equality integration efforts by the Trade Hub in the agricultural value chains and was attended by representatives of farmer groups and community-based organizations.
Gender “animators” are selected to be at the vanguard of encouraging women’s equal access to and control over resources. The training taught animators how to build alliances to maximize support for gender issues and how to develop action plans to bring about gender equality in the community.
As one participant shared at the training: “It can’t be only men taking decisions and managing resources because if decisions are shared, it is easier to find good ways to address the issues and reduce poverty.”
Recommended activities include engagement with community leaders, implementation of gender conversations with farmer groups, and use of low cost arts-based activities that emphasize the benefits of gender equality and women’s empowerment. These plans are to be implemented in the participants’ communities with additional support and follow up from the Trade Hub.
Photo: With support from the Trade Hub, participants developed action plans to fulfill their roles as gender animators in the community