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close this bookBalancing the Scales - Facilitators' manual (Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development - Uganda, 1999, 50 p.)
close this folderSessions
View the documentSession 1: Introductions - Two ways of starting a workshop: ‘The Pairs Exercise’ and ‘What’s In Your Pocket?’
View the documentSession 2: Orientation - An issue-identifying activity
View the documentSession 3: Opening - The official presentation by the chief guest
View the documentSession 4: Attitudes towards Gender - Exploring participants’ views
View the documentSession 5: Gender Concepts - All-important terms
View the documentSession 6: Identifying Gender Issues - A theatrical lesson
View the documentSession 7: Reflection - A review of definitions and issues
View the documentSession 8: Evaluation - Arrangements for daily feedback sessions
View the documentSession 9: Recap - The daily review
View the documentSession 10: Gender Facts, Figures and Opinions - A situation analysis
View the documentSession 11: The Policy Environment - Case studies from Uganda
View the documentSession 12: Gender Analysis - Introducing a vital set of tools
View the documentSession 13: Daily Activity Profile - A tool for gender analysis
View the documentSession 14: Matrices for Analysis - Roles, access and control, and planning
View the documentSession 15: Practical and Strategic Gender Needs - A mini case-study
View the documentSession 16: Gender Equality and Empowerment Framework - A matrix
View the documentSession 17: Gender Issues in the Workplace - Case studies
View the documentSession 18: Recap - Review of Day Two
View the documentSession 19: Gender Issues in Management - Practical gender issues in the workplace
View the documentSession 20: Gender Responsive Policy Making - Sectoral policies and action plans
View the documentSession 21: Gender Responsive Planning - Introducing a set of planning tools
View the documentSession 22: Monitoring and Evaluation - Checking the progress of gender policies
View the documentSession 23: Workshop Conclusion - A review of lessons learnt

Session 11: The Policy Environment - Case studies from Uganda


To build awareness of the importance of national policy and strategy frameworks in fostering gender-responsive development programmes.


Chapter 6 of the Participants’ Manual.


45 minutes.


1. Divide the participants into three groups and invite each to read a specific part of Chapter 6 - the first, the extracts from the Ugandan Constitution (Section 6.1), the second, those from the National Gender Policy, the section on decentralisation and the extract from President Museveni’s election manifesto (Sections 6.2 - 6.4), and the third, the sections from the Fourth World Conference on Women (Sections 6.5 and 6.6). Then invite them to consider the Discussion Points at the end of the chapter that refer to their specific sections:

What would you say are the benefits of having gender concerns reflected in a Constitution and addressed in a National Gender Policy?

To what extent do these policy documents and extracts reflect the earlier discussions on gender concepts and gender issues?

To what extent does the actual language of the Constitution demonstrate a gender-sensitivity?

In the extract from Uganda’s Country Report to the Beijing Conference, several examples are given of how customs have influenced discrimination against women. What other customs have had similar influences?

How far would you say your country has gone in addressing the critical concerns identified at the Beijing Conference?

Given the current situation in your country, what areas call for reform to achieve the kind of equality between men and women envisaged in the Uganda Constitution?

2. Invite each group to give a short presentation of their main findings.

3. If you have time, it might be interesting to pose the question: How important is the political climate as an influence on attitudes and behaviour towards gender matters?

N.B. The preparation of this session depends on whether the participants are from Uganda or not. If they are not, you will need to read the Ugandan material and prepare similar statements and statistics from the participants’ own country.