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 womens empowerment.
The value of this ongoing research is evident in the training reports,
the development of the Panel Training Programme (PTP), the Mens
Gender Training Programme, the Gender and Local Government booklet, the
development of the GETNET framework as a resource for training programmes
and the SADC research report on the implementation of the Beijing Platform
of Action and CEDAW in the SADC region.
While our research activities continue to focus on gender theories and
training methodologies, workshop and materials design, and research is
ongoing in areas such as racism and gender, violence against women, and
culture and religion, we are shifting these support activities in a more
programmatic direction to a defined Research Programme in line
with our strategic priorities.
We have identified new issues that require detailed research in addressing
questions of policy implementation, the impact on and outcomes for women
of patterns of governance at national and institutional levels, 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.
More specifically, we are giving priority to designing our research programme
to play a vital part in upgrading GETNET trainers expertise on issues
in the following areas:
of linking HIV/AIDS prevention to our research for training is evident in
the edition of the journal Agenda, 44. The socio-economic and socio-cultural
influences on sexual behaviours need to be understood, and gender analysis
is a critical input here. Gender analysis highlights the gendered socio-cultural
norms surrounding sexuality, sexuality identities and practices, the different
motivations of men and women for sexual activity and the issue bargaining
power and capacities for negotiation in same sex and heterosexual/ male-female
relationships, all of which are critical to understanding sexual behaviour
patterns and networks and the potential for behaviour change.
equality mainstreaming perspectives and strategies, with a focus on
the role of change agents
and local government, constraints and possibilities for womens
- the integration
of HIV/AIDS prevention strategies in gender training masculinities and
power in institutions and organisations
and evaluation of national and international instruments for achieving