Journeys of transformation: A training manual for engaging men as allies in women’s economic empowerment

This manual provides group education sessions for engaging men as allies in women’s economic empowerment. It emerges from learning, in Rwanda and elsewhere, that women’s economic empowerment works, but can be made to work better and to achieve even more movement toward equality when men are deliberately engaged as allies. Through participation in group educational activities, men are encouraged to reflect on rigid gender norms, to examine their personal attitudes and beliefs, and to question traditional ideas about household decision making and division of labor, caring for children and sharing household tasks. The activities also promote men’s acceptance of and support for their wives’ participation in groups for economic empowerment, and encourage men to see women in a different light and treat them with greater respect

Promundo and CARE International
Publication date: 
Sunday, 1 January, 2012