As part of the activities of Women Empowerment & Political Participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WEPP-KP) project, an orientation session conducted on “Capacity Enhancement of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Employees on Gender-Related Issues” by WEPP-KP & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on Status of Women (KPCSW) at Peshawar on 16th January 2020. The session was facilitated by Dr. Riffat Sardar and Co-facilitated by Ms. Zuhra Luqman. 21 employees (7 male & 14 female) from different departments of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa participated in the training. These employees were selected randomly from different departments by WEPP-KP & KPCSW. The training aimed to sensitize the government employees on gender-related issues and then those employees act as the focal person of their departments for identifying and resolving gender-related issues.
The session covered different topics that span from the definition of gender to women empowerment through gender equality. The capacity of government employees enhanced on; understanding gender stereotypes, the difference between sex & gender, sexist language/expressions/words, gender roles & relations, feminism, muscularity & femininity, gender discrimination, and gender mainstreaming. The selected government employees received skills and knowledge on different related thematic domains and increased the capacity manifold towards making them humane citizens.
The session followed participatory and learner-centered approaches therefore it allowed everyone to think, reflect and share their thoughts and ideas with confidence. The session plan content of the training was specially designed for the government employees, so that they may be the catalyst for future and positive change. It is important to mention that instead of providing silver bullet answers, participants were given the opportunity of critical and analytical thinking and motivated to find their path of action. The interactive activities allowed the participants to discuss and explore ideas. They also got feedback from their colleagues and the session’s facilitator. Participants were equipped with the soft tools which helped participants in assessing the current structure and culture. Diversity of ideas and thoughts made the session unique and an interesting and pluralistic attitude among the participants allowed everyone to share and respect each other’s opinions.