From: Jose de Vries
Sent: 18 June 2009 14:50
To: Jose de Vries
Subject: ToT Overcoming Violence - Exploring Masculinities, Violence,
Women Peacemakers Program is currently accepting applications for the upcoming
ToT “Overcoming Violence: Exploring Masculinities, Violence, and Peace”
objectives of the ToT are:
- To train male
on gender-sensitive active non-violence (ANV);
explore the concept of masculinities in relation to issues of violence and
establish community-based teams who can multiply gained skills and
- To create
a pool of male gender-sensitive ANV trainers;
find more information below. The application form is attached as well.
WPP Training of Trainers: 2009 - 2010
Gender lies at the
root of war and peace. As a marker of identity, an exploration of gender is
becoming increasingly critical in understanding the complexity of violent
conflict. In practical terms, too, concrete ways must be found to implement a
gender perspective in third-party interventions in armed conflicts.
WPP is convinced
that in order to transform cultures of war and violence, women peace activists
need to work together with male allies. In light of this analysis, the WPP
plans to organize a Training of Trainers (ToT) Cycle for male peace builders,
consisting of two 10-days long trainings, during the period 2009/2010.
Training male peace
activists in gender-sensitive non-violence will increase access to and the
involvement of this vital part of civil society. It is WPP’s experience that
male trainers are in a good position to reach out to male participants, as men
can identify with other men. Gender-sensitive male trainers can hence act as
powerful role models for gender equality, in addition to deepening existing
The WPP Training of
Trainers will focus on advanced instruction in the theory and practice of
gender-sensitive active non-violence (ANV), the theory of masculinities and its
relation to violence, participatory and gender-sensitive facilitation, and
other relevant topics based on a needs-assessment done prior to the ToT.
The first ToT in
2009 will have a maximum of 20 participants. The target audience will be male
peace builders active in leading positions in CSOs.
the 20 participants 10 training teams will be established. The teams will
organize one (1) gender-sensitive ANV training within a year of their return
home. The WPP will support the replicated trainings with seed money and a
mentor (an experienced gender-sensitive non-violence trainer from trainees’
region). This mentor will support and evaluate the trainees’ performance as
trainers, and report back. Input from the evaluations will be used to design
the content of the follow-up ToT in 2010. The 2010 ToT will evaluate the
trainees’ progress; address further training needs; and identify needs for
further support and mentoring.
this innovative Training of Trainers, the WPP program is currently inviting
for application: July 15, 2009, 5 p.m. C.E.T.
must have previous exposure to gender training and/or non-violence training,
and ideally are active in the capacity of trainer within an NGO setting or
peace group. Applicants must have clear plans to implement the skills gained at
the Training of Trainers into their work for peace. Participants must possess
strong communication skills and cultural sensitivity, and be committed to
participatory approaches to training. Participants are required to commit to
the two-year training cycle, including organizing their own follow-up training
within a year upon return from the first ToT.
have fluent English-language skills since the Training of Trainers is conducted
in English. In selecting participants for the TOT, a balance will be sought in
terms of regional representation and religion.
The training will take place in the Netherlands, from November 30 till December
food as well as training materials will be provided by the WPP.
Participants applying from organisations that are able to pay for the
travel costs will be required to do so. Only for those
candidates, who can show that they can not cover these costs, will the
WPP provide a partial or full travel grant.
other expenses of the participants will not be covered by IFOR Women
Peacemakers Program (WPP). The IFOR Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) does not pay daily
stipends to participants.
forms are also posted on-line at www.ifor.org/ WPP
José de Vries
WPP Information Officer
Women Peacemakers Program (WPP)
peace, development is impossible, and without women, neither peace nor
development can take place.
Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) empowers women world-wide through
gender-sensitive nonviolence training and education.
International Fellowship of Reconciliation
Women Peacemakers Program
1815 BK Alkmaar
The Netherlands / Pays-Bas
tel +31 (0)72 512 3014
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