Gender Learning Series

About the Workshop

This fall, Spur Change is hosting a series of practical, hands-on and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to strengthen the the capacity of Canadian SMOs to integrate a gender/feminist approach into their activities. Sector champions will share Gender-adapted tools and practices,  and explore with participants how they could be adapted to the needs and realities of SMOs. These 90-120min interactive sessions will be held monthly starting in October. 

The videos and presentation material from the first two sessions are below.

Session 1: Putting Feminist MEAL into Practice

October 7, 2020 1:00 - 3:00pm

Presented in collaboration with Oxfam Canada, Plan Canada and MEDA How to apply feminist principles to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) practice? How does the empowerment of women translate to project monitoring? Using feminist approaches to MEAL could increase access to knowledge and consequently, it could be a powerful tool to transform unequal power relations. Organizations can achieve it by developing tools that incorporate feminist principles into their project management. During this webinar, Oxfam-Canada, Plan Canada and MEDA will shared concrete tools and resources to help SMOs aiming to adopt a gender-sensitive and feminist lens to their MEAL. Oxfam Canada’s Guidance Note on Feminist MEAL(available in FR, En et SP)  Presenter: Deborah Simpson, Manager, Program Impact This tool outlines seven foundations upon which feminist MEAL can be based. Ranging from taking an intersectional approach to shifting the role of evaluator to facilitator, the aim of the Guidance Note is to support knowledge generation that is meaningful, accessible, and relevant to those who rightly own it – the people with whom we work.
The Women and Girls Empowerment Index (WGEI) Presenter: Andres Gouldsborough, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Developed by Plan Canada to comprehensively measure the impact of its complex and multifaceted gender transformative programming. It is designed as a composite measure that scores, weighs and aggregates changes across several gender equality domains, including Gender Roles and Responsibilities, Access and Control over Resources, Participation and Decision Making, Social Norms, and Moral and Primary duty-bearers. The presentation will cover the WGEI architecture and data collection tools, as well as lessons learned from its implementation. Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology Presenter: Calais Caswell,Technical Specialist- Gender Equality & Social Inclusion
The Gender Action Learning System (GALS) is community-led empowerment methodology that promotes changes in gender and social norms for gender transformation. This methodology incorporates a feminist, participant-driven monitoring approach to track behaviour change over time where after an initial “training of trainers” session with a chosen group of community members, the dissemination of learning “snowballs” outward where trainees engage/train others, thus becoming the GALS experts themselves. MEDA has piloted GALS in its Nigeria “Women and Youth” (WAY) project in Northern Nigeria which promotes women and youth entrepreneurship in agro-processing, as well as addresses social development issues such as Early and Forced Girl Child Marriage (EFGCM).

Session 2 : Testing Innovative Solutions with a Gender Lens

October 14, 2020 1:00 - 2:30pm

Presented in collaboration with FIT (The Fund for Innovation and Transformation)

Integrating gender equality throughout an initiative, from design to evaluation, is essential to fostering sustainable gender equality results. Many organizations, however, lack the resources, time or capacity to effectively mainstream gender in their development work, especially in a dynamic testing environment.


Colombe Fourn, Program Officer Gender and Public Engagement, FIT
Lorraine Swift, Executive Director, Change for Children
Beverley Carrick, Director, Embrace International Foundation

During this presentation, FIT shared some gender tools, approaches and lessons learned from our program to better support SMOs seeking to test innovative solutions that advance gender equality.


The English version of Presentation is not available due to technical difficulties, French version below. 

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