Into the Lion's Den: A practical guide to including women in regeneration

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Gender is an important but often neglected aspect of regeneration work in the UK. This guide aims to develop the capacity of community-based groups in regeneration areas by providing the tools and techniques for them to hold decision-makers to account. It follows the examples of three local women's groups who worked to ensure that they were involved in local regeneration initiatives. Throughout the guide, there are illustrated practical examples of tools that were used with the ReGender pilot groups.
  a practicalguide toincluding women inregeneration Into thelion’s den UK   Poverty Programme  2 Into The Lion's Den Acknowledgements This guide was written by Seema Shah of Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme. It was editedby Nikki van der Gaag and designed by MikeCarter at Manchester Area Resource Centre(MARC). Oxfam’s Michelle Green drew thecartoons and some of the diagrams. It wasproduced and published by Oxfam.The UK Poverty Programme’s ReGender Project is very grateful to all the people whohave supported, contributed and taken part inthe development of this guide, particularly: The ReGender pilot groups, who tested outthe tools and gave valuable feedback as wellas commenting on the draft version of thisguide: Cae Mawr Friends of Jason inLlandudno, North Wales; the Beacon Women’sNetwork, East Manchester; and the ReGender Group in Greater Govan, Glasgow. Rose Anne Dempster  , who was the maintrainer/facilitator for the Greater GovanReGender Group and delivered the trainingextremely successfully. She also commentedon the draft version of the guide. The ReGender Project’s National AdvocacyGroup members who have made commentsand given invaluable feedback on thedevelopment of the guide.  All the people connected with theReGender Project who commented on thedraft version of this guide over a very shortspace of time – Cinnamon Bennett, Rose AnneDempster, Dee Edwards, Sue Smith, JoRowlands and Jo Lyon. Michelle Green from the UK PovertyProgramme, who has drawn by handfantastic cartoons and diagrams, some of which were based on diagrams and drawingsdone by the three ReGender pilot groups.Michelle has also supported the productionprocess of this guide well beyond her call of duty. The UK Poverty Programme’s SocialInclusion Project Officers who have pickedup the role of providing ongoing support to thethree ReGender pilot groups. The Barrow Cadbury Trust , who funded theReGender project.For more information and copies of this guide,contact: The ReGender Project Oxfam UK Poverty Programme 494 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester   M21 9AS T el: 01 61 860 4021 Email:  Contents Into The Lion's Den 3page Foreword 5 Introduction 6 Section I: Gender & regeneration 11 A: The gender agenda Tool 1 – Getting gender smart 12Tool 2 – The gender versus sex game 13 B: Sketching the regeneration scheme Tool 3 – The partnership matrix 14 C: Why gender matters in regeneration Tool 4 – Developing a jargon dictionary 18Tool 5 – The 24 – hour clock 19Tool 6 – Men’s lives, women’s lives 22Tool 7 – Budgeting through a gender lens 27Tool 8 – Bonuses, barriers and bridges 30 Section II: Women making change 33 A: Becoming an agent of change Tool 9 – What is an agent of change? 34Tool 10 – Beyond apathy 36Tool 11 – Sources of power 39 B: Women working together for change Tool 12 – Women's voices 41Tool 13 – On one hand …on the other 45Tool 14 – At the end of the rainbow 46Tool 15 – Passion for the future 48  Section III: Reaching decision-makers 52Tool 16 – The power and influence line 53Tool 17 – Taking aim 55Tool 18 – Speaking up! 61Tool 19 – Getting your message across 62Tool 20 – Informal lobbying skills 63Tool 21 – Into the lion’s den 65 Section IV: Reflecting on women’s journeys 69Tool 22 – Reaching the ultimate goal 70Tool 23 – Circles within circles 72Tool 24 – Bull’s eye: regeneration dartboard 75 Conclusion 77 Appendix 1: Glossary of terms 78 Appendix 2: References and useful resources 804 Into The Lion's Den
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