Gender Dynamics

Gender Dynamics / Introduction


Understanding gender dynamics in education in emergency and post-crisis contexts is linked with understanding Student Well-Being and Teacher Identity, Motivation and Well-Being. In this module, we explore these interconnected themes, which are key to creating and maintaining Healing Classrooms. Also included in this module is a Workshop Guide to help you create a Gender Dynamics in Education training, specific to your local context.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand gender issues in emergency and post-crisis contexts in relation to the supply and demand of education. These issues include the vulnerabilities of girls and women in schools to gender-based violence (GBV), sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • Understand the relationships between gender, student well-being and teacher identity, motivation and well-being, and how these play out in your local context

  • Understand how different perspectives and attitudes toward masculinity may affect education in emergencies and post-crisis contexts

  • Use the insights gained and tools provided to design needs assessment and collect data that highlight and monitor key gender issues

  • Develop program strategies and interventions to promote gender equality in and through education, by focusing on:

    • Balancing protection and participation

    • Gender mainstreaming

    • Creating and sustaining safe learning environments for all students, particularly girls and young women

  • Adapt and deliver a context-relevant training on gender dynamics in education for teachers, communities and government education authorities in contexts of crisis, post-crisis and state fragility, using the Workshop Guide.

Definition: GBV

gender-based violence (see gender-based violence definition)

Definition: sexual abuse

the forcing of unwanted sexual activity by one person on another through the use of threats or coercion

Definition: exploitation

refers to one person taking advantage of another for personal gain