Training Manual for Women Politicians

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Prepared By:

Ms. WANJIRO GATHIRA & Ms. MABEL IMALI ISOLIO
P.O. BOX 5553 -00200
NAIROBI
Email: wanjirog@yahoo.com;mabelisolio@yahoo.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preamble…………………………………………………………………………………………..4

MODULE 1: Overview of Manual

Introductions, Expectations, Ground Rules and Overview of Training…………………9

MODULE TWO:

Considering Gender in Leadership…………………………………………………………..10

Gender Analysis frameworks…………………………………………………………………..15 Institutional Frameworks for Mainstreaming Gender………………………………………19

MODULE THREE:

International Human Rights Instruments……………………………………………………..22

International Commitments to Gender Equality, Equity and Empowerment………..27

MODULE FOUR:

Gender Equality in Politics and Decision making………………………………………….32

MODULE FIVE:

Leadership Skills…………………………………………………………………………………..39 Team Building…………………………………………………………………………………….42 Conflict Management and Transformation………………………………………………..46 Networking and Collaboration……………………………………………………………….48

MODULE SIX:

Personal Empowerment………………………………………………………………………..50 Creative Thinking………………………………………………………………………………...52 Stress Management……………………………………………………………………………..54 Balancing Personal and Professional Life…………………………………………………...56 Career Development…………………………………………………………………………...58 Assertiveness and Development of Self-Esteem……………………………………………60

MODULE SEVEN:

Presentation and Public Speaking Skills……………………………………………………...63

MODULE EIGHT:

Strategic Planning……………………………………………………………………………….66

MODULE NINE:

Lobbying and Advocacy………………………………………………………………………68 Resource Mobilization…………………………………………………………………………..71 Monitoring and Evaluation……………………………………………………………………..75

MODULE TEN:

Voter Education and Campaigns……………………………………………………………78 Women and the Media…………………………………………………………………………81

Preamble

Even though women constitute over 50% of the Southern Sudan society, they participate marginally in the leadership and decision-making process of the country. The low level of female education, confidence and self-esteem; cultural norms and unwritten laws that discriminate against women; overburdening productive and reproductive roles; and limited access to and control over resources are among the reasons that hinder women’s participation in leadership at all levels. The existing media (modern and traditional) are under-developed and under-utilized to cater for diverse ethnic and language groups as a means of educating the general public on the leadership role of women in the Sudanese society. Community organizations and civil society groups that advocate for women’s participation in leadership have their own leadership structures that are in turn dominated by men. Most do not have adequate capacity and skills to increase the participation of women in decision making.

In view of the very slow increase in the representation of women in decision making bodies, several countries have resorted to special measures and affirmative action to increase women representation in legislative bodies. Quota systems and or reservation of seats have significantly increased women's participation and representation in both elective and appointive political decision-making positions. Quotas have been viewed as one of the most effective affirmative actions in increasing women's political participation. The constitution of the Government of Southern Sudan has an Affirmative Action clause that allows for the participation of women at all levels. However, the structures to oversee the implementation of various women policies from the state to the ‘Boma’ level are not in place. Strong institutions, networks and lobby groups that could advocate and strengthen women’s leadership roles do not yet exist in Southern Sudan, and there is a general lack of public awareness about women’s leadership roles. Building the capacity of women leaders will provide them with much needed visibility and provide a higher...
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