Gender and inclusiveness is a cross-cutting theme within the NICHE programme and one of the SEAD project’s lines of intervention. On 9th-10th August, SEAD in collaboration with RDB organised a two day workshop on gender and inclusiveness for human resources managers and legal advisors at Villa Portofino hotel in Kigali. The training was facilitated by Roberte Isimbi from FATE, a gender and inclusiveness consultancy from Rwanda.
The objective of this workshop was to help participants (RP, UR, INES) gain awareness of gender & inclusiveness in their own institutions and to integrate a focus on gender equality and inclusiveness in their daily jobs. Before the training, participants were given a short test to determine their prior knowledge and in the introductory session their awareness on gender was further examined by asking participants to list common ideas about men and women. Introductions were given in gender in the Rwandan culture, gender policy, legal and institutional framework for gender integration in Rwanda, tools for gender and inclusiveness assessments.
A specialist in human resource management facilitated a session on ’HR to; Rethink, Redefine, Redirect and Redeem Gender Equality in the Workplace. Ms. Antoinette Byuma Umukunzi, affiliated with a consulting firm in the field of HRM in Kigali, introduced four key HR aspects were where gender equality mainstreaming can be easily and effectively adopted: Talent acquisition; Performance management; Training & Development; Succession planning.
Following the 3P method (Paper, Process and People) participants were invited to map the existing guiding documents in their institutions, how the guidance from the documents is actually implemented in practice and who are the key people involved in the processes including decision making. This resulted in lively discussions on what they perceived as bottlenecks in mainstreaming gender in their human resource management responsibilities and possibilities for overcoming those.
The workshop was closed with participants developing action plans to mainstream gender and inclusion in their institutions.