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Green Gicumbi Project trains all its staff on gender mainstreaming

The Green Gicumbi Project has this week trained all its staff on gender with the aim to empower them with knowledge on how to further consider gender into the project implementation to ensure gender responsiveness across the project interventions. The training took place from 14-18 November 2022 under the facilitation of a hired gender expert.

Speaking at the training, Jean Marie Vianney KAGENZA the Green Gicumbi Project Team Leader reminded the project staff that promoting gender equality across project interventions should be a priority since this is a national commitment by the Government of Rwanda to ensure inclusive and sustainable economic development.

‘‘Promoting gender equality is a priority of our Country. As a climate adaptation project, let make this project a model to integrate gender in climate change to ensure equal resilience of vulnerable communities both men and women, girls and boys,’’ said the Project Team Leader.

‘‘Let’s work together to ensure gender aspect is integrated in all the project interventions. This will help the project to have positive impact on the socio-economic wellbeing of the community,’’ he added.

The Team Leader also challenged the project staff to have full commitment and common goal towards integrating the aspect of gender in the project implementation since the impact of climate change affect both men and women, thus adaptation measures should also equally target both of them.

Gender integration

During the five-days training, project staff were taken through a number of topics including gender concepts, gender analysis and inclusion tools as well as sharing practical examples with the context of the project.

This has been a refresher to the project staff to ensure their full support to the project to deliver on its gender commitments set in the project targets as it also positions itself at the forefront of strengthening climate resilience of rural communities in Gicumbi District.

On top of empowering the project staff to ensure their increased knowledge and skills on gender to ensure effective project gender responsiveness, the five-days intensive training serves as strategic practical session to:

a) Share experiences on how gender is considered in project implementation across all components

b) Exchange on the impact of the project in uplifting the lives of both men and women as well as the youth

c) Identify key gender gaps and areas of improvement as well as devise clear measures on addressing all the identifies gender gaps during the remaining project implementation period.

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