INASP launches Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit
INASP has launched its Gender Mainstreaming in Higher education toolkit, an easy-to-use resource for institutions interested in tackling gender inequality in higher education.
“The content, pedagogical process and materials provided in this toolkit can be used to inform to those who are facing gender imbalances in higher education institutions,” says Ruth Bottomley, Senior Programme Manager at INASP.
Over the last year, INASP has increased its support for women in research to address gender inequalities in academia. These inequalities range from the delicate balancing of career goals with traditional gender roles at home to the more fundamental challenges of managing safety on campus and breaking through the glass ceiling of promotion.
The toolkit arose out of a partnership with the University of Dodoma in Tanzania in which women academics expressed their concerns that they were hindered from progressing into leadership roles because of perceptions based on gender.
With INASP’s support, the University of Dodoma hosted a workshop in 2015 to bring these challenges to the forefront. Titled Getting out of the Box: Creating a Gender Platform, the workshop was the first of its kind at the university to give the opportunity for female academics to discuss the gender issues they face in their work and how they relate to the gender gap in Tanzania. The toolkit was developed based on this initial sensitization workshop.
“This toolkit uses the tools that were used during the UDOM gender workshop and builds on our experiences in training on gender awareness for academics,” says Professor Flora Fabian, University of Dodoma.
“It is our hope that this toolkit will be useful to others who wish to raise awareness of gender issues and gender mainstreaming, by providing an easy-to-use tool for gender activities at institutions around the world,” she adds.
The gender toolkit is intended to facilitate an introductory workshop focusing on gender awareness raising and sensitization through reflective and participatory processes. Some of the key areas addressed are: defining and exploring gender concepts, the global higher education gender context and action planning for gender mainstreaming.
INASP is also supporting workshop and travel grants for training and research in gender issues, a knowledge exchange event on women in research in Somalia run by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA), and the work of the Gender Centre for Research and Training in Sudan to mainstream gender in policy making.