Gender and PYD Community of Practice Webinar
Opportunities for Girls’ Empowerment through Active Engagement of Men and Boys in Youth-led Clubs
Finding Gender Everywhere: Working in Boys and Girls Clubs to Empower Youth-led Change in Ghana and Swaziland
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
9 A.M. to 10 A.M. (EDT)
The recording and slides from this webinar are available here.
Globally, there are 1.8 billion young people ages 10 to 24, representing roughly a quarter of the world’s population. Adolescence and young adulthood are critical development periods during which adolescents and young people undergo many biological, cognitive, social and psychological transitions. It is also a time when gender socialization crystalizes, reinforced socially and culturally by conventional gender norms related to being a woman or a man. In many societies, these norms shape the decisions that adolescents and young people make and often heighten vulnerability and risk, especially for girls, with a direct impact on their health and well-being. Rigid gender norms can have profound negative impacts for girls and boys, particularly for girls’ aspirations and opportunities. Norms can contribute to gender-based violence; child, early and forced marriage; limitations on reproductive control; and exclusion from education, employment and decision-making.
Very often youth development organizations have struggled to integrate gender into youth programming. There is also a little evidence as to what, how, and why strategies work to promote gender equitable norms. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded research on gender intentional youth programs through the Women and Girls at the Center of Development (WGCD) Grand Challenge. WGCD projects foster critical examination of inequalities and gender roles, norms and dynamics, while simultaneously strengthening positive norms that support gender equality and an enabling environment. This webinar will provide answers to how we can integrate gender into mixed clubs, boys only and girls only clubs based on the work of two WGCD grantees: 4-H in Ghana and the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA). This webinar will highlight key components to gender integration and positive youth development, explore gender norm change within PYD programs, and discuss how youth-led clubs can advance gender equality.
Ofosu Asamoah, Assistant Director, 4-H Ghana
Philomina Edem Hotor, Gender Specialist, 4-H Ghana
Sekina Mahama, Member and Former Vice-President of Maase Junior High School 4-H Club
Bonginkosi Ndlangamandla, Boys for Change Project officer/ MenEngage-SD Coordinator, Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA)
Bonkhe Simelane, Mentor, SWAGAA Boys for Change Club
Chelsea L. Ricker, YouthPower Learning’s Co-Champion for Gender and PYD Community of Practice, and
Zena Itani, Knowledge Management Specialist, International Center for Research on Women
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School Garden Project at 4-H. Prior to 4-H, he was a Griot participant of the “Growing Solutions to end Hunger: The Hunger and Agriculture Griots Project” by ONE Campaign and World Food Programme. Ofosu is a YALI Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative,
Emerging leaders Program at the YALI Regional Leadership Centre for West Africa, Accra.
Philomina Hotor has supported 4-H Ghana’s positive youth development programs since 2010. In her current position as a Gender Specialist, she is involved in researching, developing and coordinating 4-H Gender Mainstreaming programs in 25 districts in Ghana. She also coordinates and facilitates gender empowerment dialogues and special trainings for girls on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for school and community 4-H clubs.
Sekina Mahama is a young female 4-H member and a Former Vice-President of Maase Junior High School 4-H Club in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Having developed a passion for agriculture through 4-H school-based agriculture enterprise project, she became the only female member to introduce container gardening into her household and community. Sekina was elected as Vice-President by a boy’s majority 4-H club. She used her leadership position and the skills she learned from 4-H trainings to encourage other girls to sign up. She received a small grant from 4-H to develop her agriculture project and raised money to continue her education to the Senior High. Sekina is speaking to girls in 4-H about teenage pregnancy and rights. She wants to become a teacher and use 4-H school gardens as tool to empower her students.
Bonginkosi Ndlangamanda is a Boys for Change Officer with the Empowering Girls for Improved Health and Wellbeing (EGHW) Project of SWAGAA and National Coordinator for Men Engage-Swaziland; a national network which is engaging men and boys for Gender Equality. Bonginkosi is also a Trainer and facilitator on issues of Gender Equality. He has been nominated for the Men Engage Africa Youth Steering Committee and has presented in various conferences on issues of Engaging Men and Boys, and participated as a panellist in a WGCD community meeting addressing gender norms.
Bonkhe Simelane is a passionate change agent and a student at the University of Swaziland for a Bachelor of Commerce. Bonkhe is a mentor at SWAGAA under the Boys for Change Clubs, for the Empowering Girls for Improved Health and Wellbeing Project.