Feminist Edge: A Professional Development Programme for Gender Trainers

In a world striving for gender equality and sustainable development, there’s a groundbreaking initiative that’s redefining the landscape of gender training. “Feminist Edge” is a six-month certificate programme offered by KIT and UN Women Training Centre that empowers gender trainers with a fresh perspective, sharpened skills, and a renewed commitment to the cause of gender equality. It’s not just another training program; it’s a feminist project that envisions gender training as a powerful tool to challenge the status quo and make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Feminist Edge recognizes the importance of feminist knowledge production and seeks to carve out autonomous spaces for this essential work. At its core, this program is about reclaiming and reimagining gender training as a feminist process that can drive transformative change in society. It does this by focusing on both the practice of gender training and the theoretical foundations that underpin it.

So, what can you expect from this cutting-edge professional development opportunity? Here are the key highlights:

  1. Sharpening Skills and Knowledge: Feminist Edge equips participants with a deep understanding of gender and development concepts. It helps trainers enhance their training skills and knowledge, ensuring they are well-prepared to drive change in their communities and organizations.
  2. Empowering Learning Strategies: The program enables participants to employ effective learning and knowledge strategies, making their training more impactful and engaging.
  3. A Feminist Perspective: Feminist Edge encourages participants to see gender training as a political feminist process. It’s about challenging the existing power structures and working towards a world where “no one is left behind.”
  4. Renewed Commitment: Gender trainers often face challenges and burnout. This program offers a space for trainers to refresh their skills, gain new knowledge, and reignite their commitment to gender training as a transformative process.

The learning journey at Feminist Edge is dynamic and engaging. It combines lectures, guest presentations, practical activities, and assignments, ensuring that participants develop expertise in three critical areas:

  1. Conceptual Depth: Understand gender and development theory and practice across various themes, and explore global approaches to gender and development.
  2. Training Skills and Methods: Develop expertise in training design, delivery, and evaluation. Improve communication skills and learn about learner-centered pedagogy.
  3. Feminist Practices: Delve into gender knowledge, knowledge creation, and power dynamics. Reflect on your own practices and explore change and resistance in the context of global governance and client relations.

To qualify for this program, applicants need to meet specific criteria, including a minimum of three years of training experience on gender issues, knowledge of gender and development, and institutional affiliation or experience with organizations such as UN agencies, NGOs, governments, or academia.

The application deadline for the 2023 program is 20th November.

Interested candidates are required to submit a package consisting of a motivation letter, copies of their diplomas, academic transcripts, and an up-to-date curriculum vitae. In the motivation letter, applicants should highlight their experience as gender trainers, professional development related to gender training, and their motivation for participating in Feminist Edge. Additionally, they should outline their expectations, plans for managing their workload during the program, and financial arrangements for the program fees, travel, accommodation, and subsistence.

For those seeking financial assistance, partial scholarships may be available, and applicants are encouraged to specify the costs they can co-fund.

Feminist Edge doesn’t just offer a professional development program; it provides a platform for trainers to become change-makers in the quest for gender equality. By reimagining gender training as a feminist project, this program empowers trainers to create a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world. So, if you’re a gender trainer with a passion for making a real difference, Feminist Edge may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Join this transformative journey, and together, let’s challenge the status quo and work towards a world where everyone has an equal chance to thrive.

Take a look at the Brochure for more details regarding the programme.

For further updates and communication, please visit – https://www.kit.nl/study-item/feminist-edge/

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