Category Archives: Gender

Gender in Focus – Photovoice Guide

Beginning in 2015, Children Lead the Way launched a Photovoice project titled Gender in Focus in two implementing countries, Bolivia and Kenya. Photovoice is a powerful participatory tool because it enables participants to share how they see the world, and key factors impacting the rights of girls, boys, women and men through their own lens. The purpose of this project was to explore gender equality with working children and adolescents (female and male), to build their understanding of key gender considerations, learn from their perspectives and experiences and support participants in being advocates and agents for positive transformative change to address gender inequalities.

Gender in Focus aimed to:

  • Use Photovoice to explore girls’ and boys’ experiences, perspectives, attitudes and ideas around gender equality, especially related to learning and livelihoods.
  • Support the CLW program to carry out gender-sensitive and transformative activities.
  • Ensure girls and boys have an equitable and powerful voice communicating their perspectives on gender, and in advocating for gender equality.

Gender in Focus Guide provides an overview of the approach utilized to facilitate photovoice within the program, as well as showcases photos and stories which resulted from the process. The Guide breaks down the process into 10 simple steps, to support Gender in Focus in being replicated in other projects moving forward.

CLW Gender & Work Guide

The Gender and Children and Work Manual draws learnings from five years of programming across five countries on the critical topic of gender, children and work. To this purpose, this manual aims to showcase:

  • Why gender sensitive and transformative approaches are essential for high impact and high quality programs focused on children and work;
  • Key gender considerations for children who work which were highlighted within the program via studies, participatory research methodologies and ongoing monitoring and evaluation;
  • Approaches applied to support gender sensitive and transformative empowerment programming with and for children who work; and,
  • Important challenges for gender transformative programming on children and work, to be given further focus in projects beyond CLW.

 

Work as a factor in the construction of a life plan for working children and adolescents, As examined by a gender-based approach

Study: Work as a factor in the construction of a life plan for working children and adolescents, As examined by a gender-based approach (2016)

This study seeks to explore and examine, from the viewpoint of working children and adolescents, the actual or non-existent contribution of work to achieve the desired life plan, considering the different features of life that have an impact on the development of children. The study was focused on six communities in Bolivia and Nicaragua —both urban and rural— and involved, other than working children and adolescents, the experiences of the families, organisations, authorities, and employers—all of them key actors for their training and socializing, and also enablers for the future of working children and adolescents.

Spanish full ; Executive summary – English ; Resumen Ejecutivo – Español

Gender in Focus – Photovoice Project

Beginning in 2014, Children Lead the Way launched a Photovoice project titled Gender in Focus in two implementing countries, Bolivia and Kenya. Photovoice is a powerful participatory tool because it enables participants to share how they see the world – and factors impacting the equal rights of girls, boys, women and men – through their own lens.

Here, girls and boys participated in workshops on life skills, gender equality and photography, and then were provided with digital cameras to capture priority gender considerations in their communities. Gender in Focus explored gender equality with girls and boys engaged in work to strengthen their understanding of key gender considerations, learn from their perspectives and experiences and support participants in being advocates and active agents for positive transformative change to address gender inequalities.

This gallery represents a selection of photos and stories developed by girls and boys across 6 communities in Bolivia and Kenya.

Gender Inequalities in LAC

Gender inequality is a constantly battled issue in Latin America and the Caribbean. Equal treatment for all is a main human right that when violated, creates an environment of unequal opportunities, affecting our society’s well-being. As Save the Children, it is important that we promote gender equality within our programs, so that we can create an environment of equal opportunities for girls, boys and adolescents, and a just world for all. This document is a Gender inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean SCI 2016, including information on child rights and women’s rights, child protection, health, education, livelihoods and child rights governance.

PhotoVoice training in Kenya: One training whose lesson is worth sharing.

“I wish we can give more of our time, energy to productive work like women in our community; we could have realized wealth a hundred times.” This was stated by Peter referring to men after undergoing the Gender and PhotoVoice training in Meru County in the Eastern region of Kenya. Gender PhotoVoice is a new concept/project for the Children Lead the Way implementing partners in Kenya. As the stakeholders meeting was beginning the participants were asked to state their objectives and expectation of the training and without surprise Stephen one of the participant said “Gender is women empowerment it is women fighting to be like men and this cannot be.”

 Photo1Kenya The above was a shared feeling by many of the men in attendance. But as the training begun and they were introduced to the definition of terms: gender, gender equality and equity and gender mainstreaming that ease was experienced in the training room. The ease was further soothed after the participants were introduced to the gender analysis tools and they participated in filling the “Gender timelines & role” and “Access & Control” tools.
The participants were divided into groups and later presented their discussions to the bigger group. The timeline tool was a mix of both sexes but this was not the case with the Access and Control tool in which each sex was given an opportunity to discuss on their own to compare the findings. After they presented the tools Stephen stated “women are really overworked and they control very little, they invest their time and energy but they are rarely recognized or recommended. Their work goes unnoticed. Our society is bringing up girls to be like women; overworked but own nothing and if they do they own very little and the boys are learning to become and live like men.”  Photo2Kenya

In the Access & Control tool children were identified as a line to be analyzed. To the surprise of the two groups; men indicated that women have control and access of children while the women had also indicated that men had full control and access of children. In the analysis Jennifer stated “children are hanging with no adult guidance; this could be the reason why our children are not doing so well in school and in life in general. None of us as parents is responsible of our children.”

Martha a participant making her conclusion remarks said “the tools we have discussed are a mirror of how we live our lives as members of our society, we have really seen the areas we need to address but how shall we do it? What we have seen is fully entrenched in our traditions and therefore hard to change.” To respond to her Chief Mwenda concluded “It is not easy but we can begin from ourselves; we take responsibility of living the lessons and sharing with our family members, our friends, pastors to do it in churches, and chiefs to do it in chief’s Barazas (Meetings) and in this manner we will change the community”

Big lessons hoped to change a community.

Niños, niñas y adolescentes trabajadores/as organizados de Bolivia reflexionan y discuten sobre la desigualdad de género

Integrantes de la Unión de niños, niñas y adolescentes trabajadores de Bolivia (UNATSBO) participaron en taller sobre Igualdad de Género[1]. El taller buscó reflexionar sobre la discriminación de género que sufren los niños, niñas y adolescentes trabajadores/as y discutir medidas de equidad de género que transformen esta situación de vulneración.

Los/as participantes reconocieron el rol de los y las NNATs en el trabajo doméstico y de cuidado de hermanos/as pequeños/as en el hogar. Los varones dedican 5 horas al día en dichas tareas; mientras que las mujeres dedican 9 horas diarias en promedio, sobrecargando el tiempo de las mujeres de la familia. Se enfatizó la necesidad de una distribución de tiempo más equitativa y compartida entre mujeres y varones, que pase por transformar los roles tradicionalmente masculinos hacia una más afectiva, solidaria y democrática.

Dibujos hechos por NNATs - Mi vida y el géneroDibujos de los NNATs: “Mi vida y el género”

En el plano del trabajo productivo, los/as NNATs señalaron que los varones usualmente asumen tareas que demandan fuerza física extrema, lo que los expone a mayores riesgos que las mujeres sobre su salud. Lasniñas y adolescentes trabajadoras sufren mayor riesgo a la violencia basada en género y al acoso y violencia sexual en el hogar, en el trabajo y en la calle lo que demanda poner en práctica medidas de prevención y protección hacia este grupo en particular.

En cuanto a la participación, las limitaciones puestas por la familia para asistir a reuniones – sobre todo a las mujeres- una mayor apertura para compartir los espacios de poder entre varones y mujeres dentro de la organización y el fortalecimiento de capacidades de los/as NNATs para la identificación de desigualdades de género en la situación de la niñez trabajadora para la incidencia política, son tareas pendientes por trabajar.

[1] La UNATSBO es socia del programa Children Lead the Way ejecutado por Save the Children Canadá, las oficinas nacionales de SC en Bolivia, Nicaragua y Perú y el Programa Regional ubicado en Lima.