كيف يبدو تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي على أرض الواقع؟

أهم تحديات تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي في عمل المنظمات المحلية في لبنان

في سياق نشر مركز دعم لبنان لدليل تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي ومساعدة منظمات المجتمع المدني المحلية على تبنيه، نظم المركز ورشة تدريبية ليومين متتاليين (٤-٥ تموز/يوليو) حضرها عدد من المنظمات المحلية الشريكة لمنظمة دياكونيا وهم: دار الأمل، المرصد اللبناني لحقوق العمال، شبكة المنظمات العربية غير الحكومية للتنمية، أركانسيال، جمعية النجدة الاجتماعية، التجمع النسائي الديمقراطي اللبناني، وجــمعيـــــــــة نبع

تضمنت الورشة التدريبية عدد من الجلسات التي سعت إلى ضبط المفاهيم والمصطلحات الخاصة بقضايا النوع الاجتماعي، استناداّ إلى الخطوات المنشورة في دليل تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي من تحليل للسياقين الداخلي والخارجي لعمل المنظمات، وإنتهاءاً بالتعرف على مستويات إدماج منظور النوع الإجتماعي سواء على مستوى المنظمة أو على مستوى البرامج والأنشطة

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

أهم ما أوضحته الورشة التدريبية هو تجارب المنظمات المحلية المعني بعضها بالنوع الاجتماعي أو الفئات المستضعفة بشكل عام، والتحديات التي قد تواجههم في حال رغبوا في تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي في عملهم. أثناء تحليل السياق الداخلي والخارجي لعمل المنظمات المحلية في لبنان، تصورت بعض ممثلات المنظمات اللواتي حضرن الورشة أنهن يعتمدن ويدمجن منظور النوع الاجتماعي في عمل منظماتهن. ولكن بعد مزيد من النقاش تبين للكثيرات أن هناك سوء فهم ومعرفة لبعض المفاهيم المتعلقة بالنوع الاجتماعي، حيث اقتصر النوع الاجتماعي بالنسبة لهن على الاختلافات بين النساء والرجال فقط دون شمول أصحاب الهويات الجنسية المغايرة (أو ما يعرف بمجتمع الميم). أبرز هذا النقاش حاجة المنظمات –وبخاصة تلك المعنية بالنوع الاجتماعي- إلى تعميق وتعزيز المفاهيم المتعلقة بالنوع الاجتماعي لدى العاملين\ات فيها

كذلك بدا خلال الورشة أن التحدي الأكبر يكمن في الداخل وفي ضعف قدرة المنظمات على قراءة حاجات أفرادها من منظور النوع الاجتماعي، أو تغيير الثقافة الداخلية لأعضائها والعاملين والعاملات فيها. طُرح ذلك في التجارب الفعلية لبعض المنظمات، فعلي سبيل المثال -وليس الحصر- تغيب الإرادة الحقيقية داخل العديد من المنظمات –حتى تلك المعنية بالنوع الاجتماعي- عن توظيف أشخاص ذوي هويات جنسية مغايرة أو متنوعة، نظراً لما قد يلحقه ذلك من صعوبات للمنظمات في عملها مع المجتمع الخارجي أو الفئات المستهدفة

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

تناول هذا النقاش أسئلة وإشكاليات عن مدى رغبة المنظمات في العمل ضمن القيود الثقافية والاجتماعية المحلية واحترام خصوصيتها، أو محاولة الصدام والاشتباك معها بهدف تغييرها. لذلك كان الاستنتاج الأكبر من تلك التجارب الواقعية هو الحاجة إلى استحداث آليات للتغيير والضغط والمناصرة  بصورة تشاركية داخل المنظمات، ينظم عن طريقها العاملين والعاملات أنفسهم/ن ليتسنى لهم/ن فرض حاجاتهم/ن ومطالبهم/ن. من خلال تلك الآليات يمكن ترجمة إدماج النوع الاجتماعي داخلياً قبل الانتقال للتخطيط الاستراتيجي على مستويات البرامج والمشاريع

تأتي الورشة التدريبية هذه ضمن برنامج الحاضنة للمجتمع المدني وبوابة المعرفة للمجتمع المدني، استناداّ على دليل تعميم منظور النوع الاجتماعي، الذي أعده مركز دعم لبنان بالتعاون مع دياكونيا

3 Ways to Start Incorporating Gender Mainstreaming in your Organisation

Implementing Gender Mainstreaming

Since you now know and understand the term gender mainstreaming*, you can go about  learning how to implement it! You can begin gender mainstreaming in your civil society organisation (CSO) by undertaking an analysis of your organisational strategies, communication policies, internal policies, budgeting, programming, and project development.

Don’t know where to start? Here are 3 ways you can start incorporating gender mainstreaming in your CSO:

  1. Be aware of bullying and sexual harassment:

Bullying and sexual harassment can take place in many different shapes and forms – face-to-face or online, through pictures or words, by jokes or even suggestive teasing. Recognising that bullying and sexual harassment are the result of an abuse of power makes everyone responsible for combating bullying and harassment. Train your organisation team to take up the role of an ally and to support those who are most vulnerable to bullying and sexual harassment.

  1. Equal opportunity and recognition = Equal pay:

Create a salary scale that doesn’t discriminate based on gender, age, race, colour, and religion. In other words, focus on creating a pay scale based on years of experience in the sector, level of education, and skill-set needed for the position, etc.

  1. Internal gender advocacy through communication:

Often times we use language (i.e. gendered pronouns) that indirectly upholds power relations between women, men, and gender non-conforming individuals. Other times, we are simply unaware of the terms used to support gender awareness. Make your team aware of patriarchal language constructs and educate them to use inclusive language on a daily basis.

A list of basic gender-related terms and how to use them can be found on page 4-5 of Lebanon Support’s “A Practical Guide for Civil Society Organisations in Lebanon towards Gender Mainstreaming.”

For more on gender and sexuality related terms in English and Arabic, you can also refer to our bilingual Gender Dictionary: Traveling Concepts and Local Usages in Lebanon available as an online interactive tool here, or as pdf here.

Why is incorporating gender mainstreaming in your Civil Society Organisation important?

The answer is simple: gender equity.

By making gender mainstreaming an integral part of your CSO, you are not only an ally to women, men, and gender non-conforming individuals whose access to resources, opportunities, and rights has been compromised but you are also setting the standard for the potential growth of gender mainstreaming in Lebanon.

In 2017, Lebanon Support published the Gender Manual: “A Practical Guide for Civil Society Organisations in Lebanon towards Gender Mainstreaming. This manual is published on our Gender Equity Network project on the Civil Society Knowledge Centre [civilsociety-centre.org/gen], and as part of our Civil Society Incubator programme [csincubator.lebanon-support.org]. It is available in English and Arabic here.

This Gender Manual has been published in collaboration with Diakonia.

*Gender Mainstreaming is the process of adopting a gender-inclusive perspective across different types of activities or projects. It can be viewed as a means of achieving gender equality. Gender mainstreaming involves the examination, reorganisation, improvement, and evaluation of measures, legislations, and policies in cultural, societal, political, and economic domains, with the purpose of incorporating gender equality in all policies.

What is Gender Mainstreaming?

The term “gender mainstreaming” was officially recognised in the Fourth United Nation World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

While this event formalised the term into a global policy, the notion of gender mainstreaming was initially born out of the natural acknowledgement that the perspectives of women and men are relevant to attaining gender equality, and equity on the long run.

Gender mainstreaming is thereby an approach that seeks to standardise the practice of including the perspectives of all genders in instances of policy-making, legislation, organisational planning, and programmatic interventions.

A Practical Guide for Civil Society Organisations in Lebanon towards Gender Mainstreaming”, written and published by Lebanon Support and in partnership with Dianonia, offers the below definition for gender mainstreaming:

How can gender mainstreaming achieve gender equality?

Not only does gender mainstreaming create an awareness of the roles, relationships, and power dynamics that have historically been used to legitimise patriarchal structures but it seeks to ensure that policies and decisions are made with the intention of securing social justice for all genders. Applying gender mainstreaming in your CSO’s decision-making process – or even in your everyday individual life – allows the unaddressed gaps of gender inequality to be highlighted, recognised, and tackled.

It is important to note: Being conscious of social justice and human rights in the form of gender mainstreaming is not the job of an expert! Using gender mainstreaming as an approach in decision-making can be practiced by us all!

Structure Your Efforts, The CSOs Organogram

Lebanon Support cordially invites you to a workshop, within its Civil Society Incubator* programme, titled:

 

“Structure Your Efforts, The CSOs Organogram”

 

This session will focus on the concept of organisational structure for CSOs, its varied applications, and its importance in maximising efficiency and impact.

Participants in this session must represent a civil society organisation and should be working in a middle management position.

 

**This open workshop is free of charge and will be held in Arabic.

Registration is mandatory as places are limited. Please register on this link, filling in the form will confirm your attendance.**

 

• Date: Thursday, 1st of March 2018, from 10am to 12pm.

• Location: Lebanon Support office in Furn el-Chebbak (link to map: http://lebanon-support.org/contact).

This workshop was developed as part of a greater curriculum in partnership with ACTED and funded by the European Union.

 

ABOUT THE TRAINER:

Ahmad Mroueh,

With more than 15 years of experience in the fields of International Development, and Democracy and Advocacy, Ahmad Mroueh has developed a solid understanding of organisational structure. Having served as a consultant for a number of regional and international organisations in Lebanon and throughout the MENA region, Mr. Mroueh has the knowledge to support both small and large scale CSOs.

 

*The Civil Society Incubator [http://csincubator.lebanon-support.org/] was officially launched by Lebanon Support in 2016 and aims to provide tailored support and mentorship to civil society actors, based on the needs of the partner. The Incubator is designed to foster the creation, development, and growth of local civil society and public action initiatives, organisations, or projects. Incubation at Lebanon Support is done through an array of services such as provision of office space, coaching and mentoring on technical issues, management, administrative matters, research, advocacy, networking, and web development among others.

 

يتشرّف مركز دعم لبنان بدعوتكم لحضور ورشة عمل ضمن برنامجه الحاضنة للمجتمع المدني* تحت عنوان

“نظّم جهودك، الهيكل التنظيمي لمنظمات المجتمع المدني”

خلال هذه الجلسة سيتم التركيز على مفهوم الهيكل التنظيمي لمنظمات المجتمع المدني، وعلى مختلف تطبيقاتها، بالاضافة إلى تسليط الضوء على أهمية تحسين فعاليتها وتأثيراتها.

على المشاركين والمشاركات أن يكونوا في منصب في الإدارة الوسطى في أي من منظمات المجتمع المدني المشاركة في الجلسة.

** هذا التدريب متوفر للجميع مجاناً، حيث سيتم التدريب باللغة العربية.

* تسجيل الحضور إجباري بما أن المقاعد محدودة. لتأكيد الحضور، الرجاء ملء الاستمارة على هذا الرابط.

 تاريخ: نهار الخميس ١ آذار/مارش ٢٠١٨، من الساعة العاشرة حتى الساعة الثانية عشر ظهراً.

المكان: في مكتب دعم لبنان الطابق الثالث، بناية سكالا، شارع دمشق القديم، فرن الشباك، رابط للخريطة

http://lebanon-support.org/contact

تأتي ورشة العمل هذه ضمن مشروع بالشراكة مع أكتد ومموَّل من الاتحاد الأوروبي.

عن المدرب:

أحمد مروّه،

عمل كمستشار للعديد من المنظمات المحلية والعالمية في لبنان وفي منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا. كما أنّه يتمتع بخبرة في دعم العديد من منظمات المجتمع المدني الصغيرة والكبيرة الحجم.

*أطلق مركز دعم لبنان برنامج الحاضنة للمجتمع المدني رسمياً في 2016 ويهدف إلى تطوير قدرات الفاعلين في المجتمع المدني وتقديم الدعم والمتابعة حسب الحاجات. هذا البرنامج مصمم لتعزيز خلق وتطوير ودعم استمرارية الفاعلين المحليين في المجتمع المدني والشأن العام ومشاريعهم. تتم الحضانة في مركز دعم لبنان عبر العديد من الخدمات، منها تقديم التدريبات والإرشادات المطلوبة في الأمور التقنية والإدارية، إضافةً إلى الأبحاث، المناصرة، الاتصالات أو تطوير المواقع الالكترونية.

Money Matters: NGO Financial Management, Developing Operating and Cash Budgets – Summary & Review

On the 26th of October, Lebanon Support organised a workshop titled “Money Matters: NGO Financial Management, Developing Operating and Cash Budgets,” within its Civil Society Incubator programme. This workshop was developed as part of a greater curriculum developed in partnership with ACTED and funded by the European Union.

Pateel Papazian, an expert in financial management, presented the key aspects of budgeting processes, also identifying budgeting techniques, during her workshop. In general, the workshop discussed the following topics: budgeting for expenses, budgeting for revenues, developing an operating budget, developing a cash flow forecast (cash budget), and budgeting techniques.
Since the workshop aimed to enhance CSO financial officers and actors’ understanding of budgets and budgeting techniques, the workshop went beyond identifying academic approaches to budgeting, and rather also used practical tips to teach participants

The workshop also highlighted the importance of developing a cash flow forecast to ensure the financial security of a CSO, while also providing tools to ensure a sound budgeting process.

In the beginning of the training, Pateel focused on the functions of budgeting, while stressing the key aspects of developing operating and cash budgets. Pateel went on to emphasise two widespread budgeting techniques – incremental budgeting and zero-based budgeting. The workshop also included several exercises to help participants apply their newly acquired budgeting knowledge and solve practical financial examples.

In order to gather the attendees’ feedback for this workshop, we designed a post-workshop survey that was sent to the 18 participants of the workshop. The survey addressed several dimensions relevant to quality, usefulness of data, and the trainer’s ability to deliver the information. A summary of the results are presented below.

In the first question, we asked the attendees to rate, on a scale of 5 (with 5 being the best), the overall quality and usefulness of the workshop format and the provided material. As a result, we received an approximate rating of 4 out of 5 for the Overall Format, Presentation, Workshop Training Package, and Handouts.

In the next question, we gave the attendees specific criteria to rate the trainer’s performance and the information delivered in the presentation. Again they were to rate on a scale from 1-5 and we received the following results:

  • Relevant: 3.9 out of 5
  • Informative: 4.1 out of 5
  • Interactiveness: 4.3 out of 5
  • Easy to follow: 4.1 out of 5

Additionally, the survey also collected further feedback from participants. Amongst this feedback were the following:

“The format was very fluid and interactive.”

“Since I come from a very different background, it was at some point hard for me to follow, especially when technical words were used. But the trainer was very helpful when I asked her for some clarification.”

“It was amazing.”

Overall, 80% of the attendees found the workshop helped them become more knowledgeable about developing operating and cash budgets.

Money Matters: NGO Financial Management, Developing Operating and Cash Budgets

Lebanon Support cordially invites to a workshop under its Civil Society Incubator programme:

Money Matters: NGO Financial Management, Developing Operating and Cash Budgets

 

At the core of successful financial management is a knowledge of budgeting. A budget is a financial plan stated in numbers. There are three types of budgets: operating budgets, cash budgets, and capital budgets.

In this session, the trainer will talk about the key aspects of operating and cash budgets.

This open workshop is free of charge.

Registration is mandatory as places are limited. To RSVP, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/p9SrjHDum2gIMDLr1

This workshop was developed as part of a greater curriculum in partnership with ACTED and funded by the EU.

About the trainer:

Pateel Papazian is a financial trainer and consultant with over 19 years of experience in public accounting and financial management. For nine years, she was a Director at KPMG – Lebanon, where she was in charge of conducting audits  and  managed the ‘Train the Trainers’ program. In 2008, Pateel moved to the NGO sector as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of one of the leading microfinance institutions in Lebanon. In October 2010, she joined the American University of Beirut (AUB) as Director of Financial Reporting and Compliance, a position she held for 2 years before becoming a full-time consultant.

Pateel’s curriculum as a financial trainer includes seminars on IFRS, USGAAP, IPSAS, Financial Statements Analysis, Budgeting & Cost Control and Auditing & Internal control. Additionally, Pateel delivers two US training programs in the Middle East, CNAP (Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional) and PWBC (Proposal Writing Boot Camp).

Pateel Papazian is a Certified Public Accountant from the state of California and holds an EMBA degree from the American University of Beirut.

*The Civil Society Incubator was officially launched by Lebanon Support in 2016 and aims to provide tailored support and mentorship to civil society actors, based on the needs of the partner. The Incubator is designed to foster the creation, development, and growth of local civil society and public action initiatives, organisations, or projects. Incubation at Lebanon Support is done through an array of services such as provision of office space, coaching and mentoring on technical issues, management, administrative matters, research, advocacy, networking, and web development among others.

 

:يتشرّف مركز دعم لبنان بدعوتكم لحضور ورشة عمل ضمن برنامجه الحاضنة للمجتمع المدني تحت عنوان

“الإدارة المالية في المنظمات غير الحكومية، إعداد الموازنة التشغيلية والنقدية”

.يكمن نجاح الإدارة المالية في معرفة الميزانية بشكل جيّد. الموازنة هي خطة مالية مطروحة بالأرقام

.هناك ثلاث أنواع من الموازنات: موازنة تشغيلية، موازنة نقدية، وموازنة رأسمالية

.ستقدم المدربة خلال هذه الورشة العناصر الأساسية للموازنات التشغيلية والنقدية

.هذا التدريب متوفر للجميع مجاناً*

:تسجيل الحضور إجباري بما أن المقاعد محدودة. لتأكيد الحضور، الرجاء تعبئة هذه الاستمارة

https://goo.gl/forms/p9SrjHDum2gIMDLr1

:عن المدربة

.باتيل بابازيان: مستشارة ومدربة مالية لديها خبرة تزيد عن ١٩ عاماً في المحاسبة والإدارة المالية

.تاريخ: نهار الخميس ٢٦ تشرين الأول ٢٠١٧، من الساعة العاشرة حتى الساعة الثانية عشر ظهراً-

.(المكان: في مكتب دعم لبنان (الطابق الثالث، بناية سكالا، شارع دمشق القديم، فرن الشباك، رابط للخريطة

.تأتي ورشة العمل هذه ضمن مشروع بالشراكة مع أكتد وممول من الاتحاد الأوروبي 

أطلق مركز دعم لبنان برنامج الحاضنة للمجتمع المدني رسمياً في 2016 ويهدف إلى تطوير قدرات الفاعلين في المجتمع المدني وتقديم الدعم والمتابعة حسب الحاجات. هذا البرنامج مصمم لتعزيز خلق وتطوير ودعم استمرارية الفاعلين المحليين في المجتمع المدني والشأن العام ومشاريعهم. تتم الحضانة في مركز دعم لبنان عبر العديد من الخدمات، منها تقديم التدريبات والإرشادات المطلوبة في الأمور التقنية والإدارية، إضافةً إلى الأبحاث، المناصرة، الاتصالات أو تطوير المواقع الالكترونية.

What do attendees think about the Civil Society Incubator’s 1st workshop?

Lebanon Support organised on the 26th of April 2017, a workshop on Clear and Persuasive Communication, delivered by Thomas Hart. We posted about the workshop in a previous post and you can read more details about it here.

In order to gather the attendees’ feedback about this workshop, we designed a post-workshop survey that was emailed to the participants of our workshops. The survey addressed several dimensions relevant to quality, usefulness of data, and the trainer’s ability to deliver the information. The results are shared below.

In the first question, we asked attendees to rate, on a scale of 5 (with 5 being the best), the overall quality and usefulness of the workshop format and the individual activities. As a result, we got an average of 4.3 out of 5 for the Overall Format, 4.5 for the Presentation, 4.4 for the Exercises, and 4.2 for the Handout.

In the next question, we gave attendees specific criteria in order to rate the trainer’s performance and the information delivered in the presentation, and we received the following results:

  • Relevance: 4.5 out of 5
  • Informative: 4.5 out of 5
  • Easy to Follow: 4.6 out of 5
  • Identified Challenges: 4.1 out of 5
  • Identified Strategies: 4.3 out of 5
  • Length: 4.2 out of 5

In addition to the statistical approach, the survey also included an open comment section where respondents could give further feedback. Here are a few of the comments we received:

“The powerpoint presentation was really organized and well formed ! Great Gob.”

“Excellent all in all, if possible more material. Great job!”

“Challenging, helps in clarifying and solidifying information.”

The third question aimed to assess the group exercise that took place within the workshop, which received the below results.

In terms of Relevance, respondents rated the exercises done in the workshop, an average of 4.3 out of 5, scoring the highest rate among the other 3 categories; while the rate of the overall usefulness followed with an average of 4.1. The respondents gave a rate of 3.7 for both the length of the exercises and amount of information delivered.

Overall, 90% of attendees found the workshop made them more knowledgeable about clear and persuasive communication and said they would recommend it to a friend.

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Workshop: Clear and Persuasive Communication

On the 26th of April, Lebanon Support organised a workshop titled “Clear and Persuasive Communication: Speechwriting, Presentation, Advocacy and Policy Influencing,” as part of the Civil Society Incubator programme, Lebanon Support’s newest programme that was officially launched in 2016.

Thomas Hart, a speechwriter for the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs in The Hague, presented his topic while referring to examples and group work activities that facilitated comprehension of the concepts discussed. In particular, the workshop addressed the ways to prepare, structure, and style writing in order to achieve effective and memorable communication. Specifically, it focused on presentation writing and speechwriting, as well as incorporating clear and persuasive communication in advocacy, and influencing policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first half of the workshop, Hart presented the basics of clear and persuasive communication by illustrating the elements of speech writing and presentation, identifying key strategies in tailoring one’s writing, especially when addressing any particular audience.

The second half of the workshop focused on the importance of balancing between interaction with and control of the audience while giving a presentation. Hart discussed how one must always strategically decide whether to portray themselves as either more knowledgeable, credible, and “superior” than their audience, or as being on the same level as the audience as a fellow comrade. For example, in the context of Lebanon, a politician may manipulate his language, tone, and accent while giving a speech in order to gain the support of his constituents by either using familiar accents and sayings used, or by using much more formal language.
Additionally, two interactive exercises were designed and organised in line with the workshop agenda as to allow participants to become greater exposed to advocacy and policy influencing.

The Civil Society Incubator website is now online!

The Civil Society Incubator, a programme officially launched by Lebanon Support in 2016, shares our expertise of over 10 years working in the field of civil society.

By providing tailored support and mentorship for civil society actors in Lebanon, the Civil Society Incubator is designed to foster the creation, development, and growth of local civil society and public action initiatives, organisations, or projects in Lebanon.

Most importantly, this programme does not follow a ready-made format, but is rather designed and customised based on the needs of each partner.

Why did Lebanon Support launch this programme?

Lebanon Support has been providing informal support and coaching over the past years through its first two programmes, Daleel Madani and the Civil Society Knowledge Centre. In our mission to enhance civil society capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness through the creation of public spaces, Lebanon Support has launched the Civil Society Incubator.  The Civil Society Incubator aims to enable and empower civil society actors to enhance their projects and activities, better target their interventions, and help them influence policy through the provision of training and resources.

How can you benefit from this programme?

Incubation at Lebanon Support is done through an array of services such as provision of office space, resources, etc, as well as coaching and mentoring on a variety of topics such as administrative matters, research, communication, networking, and web development, among others.

As part of its mission to build the capacity of civil society actors, the Civil Society Incubator also organises free and open workshops for individuals working in civil society in Lebanon.

If you or your organisation is  interested in our Civil Society Incubator, contact us at : contact@lebanon-support.org

What is this blog all about?

This blog will showcase various activities of the Civil Society Incubator and feature updates about the programme, including upcoming events and workshops. The blog will also link to resources developed as part of the incubator.