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Training 7
Thursday, April 19, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room
Rubenstein Building
(Floor 2, Room 219)
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"Strategies for gender mainstreaming"

**Note: This will a joint session for both
the Human Rights in Education Initiative and
the Carr Center's Gender and Security Initiative.

Facilitators: Sahana Dharmapuri and Frank Elbers

Ms. Sahana Dharmapuri is a Carr Center Fellow 2011-2012 and an independent gender advisor.

Mr. Frank Elbers is Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA).

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More about the training::

Gender mainstreaming has become a very popular methodology for responding to inequalities between women and men. The idea behind gender mainstreaming is that questions of gender must be addressed seriously as part of mainstream, "normal" institutional activities and not simply left to specialist women’s institutions. The term "mainstreaming" was first used in the 1970s in educational literature to describe an educational method that includes many different kinds of learners in the same classroom, instead of separating students according to their learning abilities. It describes classrooms where students with disabilities and students who do not have disabilities are learning together.

Gender mainstreaming is a mechanism to achieve gender equality. Gender mainstreaming methodology includes organizational training on enabling tools and technical tools such as gender analysis, sex-disaggregated data, gender budgets, and gender indicators. Gender mainstreaming is aimed at various sectors (government, private, academic and religious).

In this hands-on workshop we will critically look at the concepts of gender, gender equality and gender mainstreaming. Participants will be engaged in a gender role play and a gender analysis exercise. The workshop will conclude with a brief overview of good practice examples in gender mainstreaming from around the world and in a different contexts.

More about Sahana Dharmapuri and Frank Elbers:

Sahana Dharmapuri is an independent gender advisor with over a decade of experience providing policy advice and training on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, the Swedish Armed Forces, The United States Institute for Peace, international development consulting firms, and NGOs. Ms. Dharmapuri leads the Gender and Security Seminar Series at the Carr Center. She has lectured on gender and security issues at a wide variety of institutions including, USAID, Harvard University, the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, the Swedish Armed Forces International Training Center, NATO, and at three of the major U.S. combat and command centers. Her field experience includes Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, India, Uzbekistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Ms. Dharmapuri served as the gender advisor on conflict and complex emergency situations for the Office of Women in Development at USAID from 2003 to 2006. She was an Investing in Women in Development Fellow at USAID from 2003-2005. Prior to her work at USAID, she worked in Washington, DC at The Ashoka Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, The Fair Labor Association, and the Center for Middle East Peace. Ms. Dharmapuri was selected to be a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders in 1999. She received both of her Masters Degrees (a Masters in Middle East Studies and a Masters in Public Policy) from the University of Chicago in 1997. Sahana is a member of the US Civil Society Working Group on the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Sheis currently a board member of Made by Survivors, an anti-trafficking organization dedicated to caring for survivors of trafficking.

Frank Elbers is Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), an international NGO focused on education and training of human rights defenders, staff of NGOs and inter-governmental organizations, educators, legal professionals, law enforcement and public officials. At HREA he has been an instructor and trainer for training workshops, summer courses and e-learning courses on various human rights-related topics. From 1998-2000, he was a consultant for UNIFEM on strategies for violence against women, implementation of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women), and the Beijing +5 review process. He was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) for the course on Gender and Humanitarian Action: Different Needs, Equal Opportunities from 2008-2009. Mr. Elbers holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. He teaches online courses on Gender Mainstreaming (together with Julie Montgomery, InterAction), Monitoring Women's Rights, and Introduction to Human Rights Law (with Mihir Kanade, University for Peace).

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