Gender Action Mainstreaming for Empowerment to Change

diamond forest

Women's Rights | Women's empowerment | Working with men | Participation | Wealth Creation | Sustainability |
Rocky Road Framework and Tools| GALS Processes | Diamond Forest | FALS |
Livelihoods | Business | Markets | Value chains | Financial Services | Policy |
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Growing the Diamond Forest

Diamonds are not only a beautiful, but also a very valuable, commodity in many cultures and create wealth in some low income economies. Diamonds often belong to women as their own property, as in the English saying ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’.

Although potentially a source of significant wealth, methods of diamond extraction are often extremely exploitative and dangerous, with little benefit going to the poor. Grwong a sustainable forest requires actions at individual, household, collective and also macro levels.

stages in the process

Stage 1: Preliminary Scoping and value chain mapping (1-3 day workshop)

Stage 2: Community-led action learning with stakeholders (6 months – 1 year) with different stakeholder groups, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, to identify poverty/business and gender issues at each level; identify and implement immediate change strategies; and strengthen collaboration and peer sharing.

Stage 3: Identification, planning and negotiation of multi-stakeholder win-win strategies: bringing the stakeholders together for focused discussion and negotiation on potentially more conflictual issues like prices and remain gender inequalities.
Stage 4: Ongoing sustainable action learning process  for sustainable change. This includes peer upscaling within the different stakeholder groups, integration of gender action learning and multi-stakeholder win-win negotiation in organisational activities (project design, ongoing activities, planning processes, human resources management) and policy advocacy.

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Integrating Gender Justice

Gender Justice is integrated into the process at all stages through:

  • ensuring equal invclusion of women and men at all levels and in all processes
  • integration of specific GALS tools to focus on gender issues
  • integration of gender justice questions in design and use of generic tools
  • gender analysis of the outcomes
  • focusing of actions and support on those strategies which reinforce CEDAW
  • lack of support for any actions or strategies which undermine women's human rights or in any way reinforce gender inequality.

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Key Diagram Tools

  • Tool 1: Gender balance tree
  • Tool 2: Market map
  • Tool 3: Income challenge/action tree individual/collective
  • Tool 4: Gender challenge action trees individual/collective
  • Tool 5: Individual livelihood and
    gender road journeys with monitoring
  • Tool 6: Stakeholder collective road
  • Tool 7: Multi-stakeholder win-win tree
  • Tool 8: Multi-stakeholder win-win road journey

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Involvement of the Private Sector

The GALS process is a multistakeholder process which engages with, rather than seeks to replace, the private sector.

In a recent pilot process with Bukonzo Joint cooperative and GreenHome Women's Development Association in Uganda the involvement of more powerful private sector stakeholders took place for all the four value chains.

Interestingly the traders first focused on addressing gender relations in their own households, as well as from addressing gender relations in the chains. Changes in gender relations in some households
have happened almost immediately. This included not only easy changes, but also
significant changes in many households which were extremely unequal with high levels of abuse of women.

For more see the IFAD project report

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Impact studies show significant rises in incomes (between 2 and 8 times) for the majority of farmers because the methodology helped them to befefit from:
· new products and/or markets as a result of the sharing information on improved production and marketing techniques
· reducing transport and other costs through various forms of informal collaboration decided by the
members between themselves
· in some cases through collective action on prices in markets for groundnuts and some other

A specific goal of the farmers in the process was to increase women's land ownership in order to improve coffee quality, as well as promote women's rights. In 6 months the number of households with an agreement securing access and control of the land for women increased from nearly 0 to 76%. This was due to linking of GALS to Fair Trade and organic certification processes.

The peer training process of the gender messages and the GALS methodology is both working an expanding.

For more see the IFAD project report

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