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Targeting policy and policy - makers
GETNET recognises that policy is one of the main instruments for making lasting changes. Institutions and organisations perform a crucial role in the exercise of power in society. Gender relations are expressed in, and are part of, the power relations in these arenas. From our extensive experience it is clear that gender training for policy, practices and cultures within institutions is vital.
GETNET therefore targets those responsible for gender transformation in policy interventions and those responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy. This includes women and men who are considered decision-makers in their institutions or organisations, and incorporates management and staff who occupy specific gender posts. GETNET believes that these change agents - if equipped with the requisite skills and expertise - can make critical interventions in the area of gender equity within given institutional and organisational contexts.
GETNET services are designed for people who are well-placed to initiate, lead and maintain organisational change processes within institutions or organisations.
GETNET is the first training organisation in the voluntary sector to initiate men's gender training. Our men's training programme aims to enable men to play a positive role in organisational and institutional change. GETNET's perspective emphasises that transformation of the power relations between women and men flow from partnerships between women and men.
Building partnerships and sharing knowledge underline the need for critical dialogue for the development of indigenous theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Only through developing indigenous frameworks and methodologies can we ensure that strategies to achieve gender equality are effective and that the impact of gender training is lasting.
Our training strategy addresses four major challenges in institutions and organisations:
Knowledge, skills and capacity to accomplish gender equality and women's empowerment cannot be taken for granted. GETNET's experience testifies to the vast need for ongoing training and development of trainers themselves in order to maintain high quality and effective services
In order to ensure that GETNET delivers quality training services, we engage in ongoing research and materials development. These activities are vital to maintaining our position at the cutting edge of debates, stimulating debate among peers and among clients. They enable us to utilise current, indigenous, and internationally recognised gender perspectives on gender equality and women's empowerment.
The value of this ongoing research is evident in the training reports of our gender training interventions.
Our research activities continue to focus on gender theories and training methodologies, workshop and materials design. Through our practice we continuously identify emerging issues from our interventions. We have a more programmatic direction to a defined Research Programme in line with our strategic priorities.
We have identified issues that require detailed research in addressing questions of policy implementation, gender analysis of budgets, the impact of outcomes of patterns of governance for women, and of how to overcome resistance to gender equality in organisational arrangements. Such institutional learning is crucial both for the timely modification and/or refinement of implementation processes and policies as well as for future policy development.Key areas of Research
Materials development, like research, is linked to training.
Production of Relevant Materials for use by Trainers and Trainees
GETNET has produced an enormous amount of materials in the form of reports from training programmes and seminars.
making good use of material produced elsewhere, it is necessary to produce materials
that will respond to the specificity of the South African situation with its socio-cultural
variants, because gender oppression is, among other things, country- and culture-specific
Gender awareness module
Men and masculinities module
Engendering IDPs module
Engendering budgets module
planning and policy module (priority for 2003)
in partnership with the Women's Budget Initiative, have completed the SADC Gender
Analysis of Government Budgets, focusing on Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The training materials development have been completed and they are in the final
stages of production.
Our networking function has developed through the strategy of arranging joint seminars, workshops and other forums, through NETWORK NEWS and through a range of partnerships that have existed in areas of national government; local government; within the NGO sector; within the SADC region; university departments and research institutes.
Building partnerships with government
We place high value on co-operation with government and institutions involved in gender work and research. In South Africa, our co-operation with parliamentary and government structures includes engaging with issues pertaining to national and international machinery for the empowerment of women.
As stated previously, GETNET has worked with several government departments and Parliament. We co-ordinated research that resulted in the establishment of the Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee for the Improvement of the Quality of Life and the Status of Women, the formation of the cross-party Parliamentary Women's Group and the establishment of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE).
GETNET has been working in partnership with the Women's Budget Initiative to produce training materials for training in civil society groups to enable them to analyse the government budget from a gender perspective. This important initiative is linked to lobbying government for gender sensitive policies, legislation and distribution of national resources
Regionally - based networks in Southern Africa
Our networking function has grown considerably and we are keenly gathering information to link up with regionally-based in networks of Southern Africa.
Co-operation with academic institutions
GETNET believes that information sharing is an important aspect of networking and is continually establishing links with relevant academics, university departments and research institutes. An example of this co-operation is the link with the African Gender Institute (AGI) at the University of Cape Town.
GETNET Director and staff contribute to raising the profile of our organisation in a range of important activities in the local government arena, lecturing to students at the Universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape, giving expert advice to stakeholders and funders, attending conferences and seminars.