Gender, women and health

WHO Gender Mainstreaming Manual - Facilitator Corner

Want to facilitate a gender and health workshop?

WHO/M. Gehner

The Facilitators' guide includes a template agenda, preparation checklist and general logistic guidance to help run a smooth workshop. Throughout the Modules, "tips for facilitators" are included based on issues and questions that emerged during pilot phases of developing the Manual. These tips are meant to alert and assist future facilitators. Send additional "facilitator tips" to for inclusion in future updates of the Manual.

Selected facilitation tips for the WHO Gender Mainstreaming Manual

  • Co-facilitation works best.
  • Facilitators need experience in gender and health to respond to questions and stimulate the kind of dialogue needed to bring about changes in attitudes and actions to reduce gender-based health inequities.
  • Prepare and adapt materials to audience and context.
  • Encourage participants to share experiences and reflections. This helps counter scepticism to working on gender.
  • Engage participants through interactive activities; adults learn best by doing and often have expectations for practical exercises that will benefit their daily tasks.
  • Gender learning can be challenging as it confronts individual, professional and community norms. Address this by creating a learning environment where participants are comfortable to express themselves freely without judgement.