WHAT DOES GALs@Scale DO?
GALS@Scale uses inclusive and participatory processes and simple mapping and diagram tools for:
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- Individual life and livelihood planning: women and men, including those who cannot read and write, keep individual diaries to develop their own visions for change in gender relations and improved livelihoods, to plan how they can move towards these goals, and gain more control over their lives.
- Institutional awareness-raising and changing power relationships: communicating these aspirations and strategies, and using the same tools at institutional level for staff reflection and learning, increases respect for the views and interests of poor women and men, challenges established attitudes and behaviours and gives poor women a voice in institutional decision-making.
- Collective action and gender advocacy for change: the individual visions and strategies are shared to develop collective strategies, bringing women and men together, linked into participatory decision-making in governments and development agencies to better target and focus resources for empowerment and wealth creation.
- Women are intelligent actors not ‘victims of subordination in need of consciousness-raising’.
- Men are potential partners in a process of change and pursuit of social justice, not stereotypical monsters and problems.
- Gender justice and rights-based principles are non-negotiable and underlie the way in which the process is facilitated, and the types of actions which are supported by development agencies.
Everyone can bring about change and become a leader of change
- The main facilitators and implementers are women and men within communities using the methodology to change their own lives.
- Focus on in-depth personal reflection and organisational changes in order to address hierarchical patterns of interaction and power relations at all levels.
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- Peer learning and organisational integration for sustainability
- Every learning event contributes to building capacities and systems for ongoing peer action learning and peer training as the basis for a sustainable process of change.
- The methodology and gender justice principles are integrated into existing activities, rather than being a one-off exercise or extra ‘project’ activity.