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The GenderWorks toolkit is a free practical guide to gender equality produced by Oxfam GB for their GenderWorks project. It’s designed to help women’s groups campaign successfully on gender, poverty and social exclusion issues
   W e ’ r e s t r o n g e r  t o g e t h e r The GenderWorks Toolkit is a practical, two-part guide to help: ã Women’s groups campaign successfully on issues of gender, poverty and social exclusion and ã Public bodies meet their obligations under equalities legislation and tackle poverty among women more effectively.  2 The GenderWorks Toolkit  C o n t e n ts Toolkit credits plus how to order copies. A GenderWorks training participant and member of the Saheli  Asian Women’s Group explains why this toolkit is so useful. Acknowledgements and Foreword 4 Why women?  A look at the links between gender and poverty, and the need for women-only services. Introduction 6 Real Women, Real Power 18 Five inspiring stories of women’s groups who achieved change in very different ways. Top tips for successful campaigning 32 Key messages from real women on how to achieve your aims. Self-analysis 34 Exercises and case studies to help you think about your group and how you can best achieve change. Lobbying letters 48 Practical examples to help you communicate with a range of audiences. Language, terminology and human rights 54  A look at the language used around issues of gender and poverty, and why switching the debate from needs to rights is important. If you’ve got a minute… 58 Practical suggestions about what you and your group can do in a minute, an hour, a morning or a day. Useful reading 59  A selection of training packs and lobbying kits to help you achieve change. Women’s groups – the confidence to campaign 17  3 The impact of the European Union 88  A guide to what difference the European Union has made to gender equality, and what mechanisms can be used to push for change. The law in the UK 93  A look at legal principles, discrimination and the Gender Equality Duty – how to meet it and how to use it. The introduction of the Single Equality Bill 101  A look at the new act and what it means for gender equality. The law and you 87 A guide to gender mainstreaming 64 The theory behind the concept and the business case for adopting it. How to gender mainstream 67  A practical guide to implementing a gender mainstreaming strategy. Gender impact assessments 70  A step-by-step guide to conducting your own. Gender budgeting 76 The gender mainstreaming tool that give you ‘bite’. Gender disaggregated data 82 What it is and why it’s important, plus a list of resources and a look at the Equality Measurement Framework. Participation 84  Analysing how inclusive you are, and why involving users in the design and development of services is so essential. Public bodies – meeting equalities obligations 63 We are stronger together!  A look at the benets of shared learning. Conclusion 103  4 The GenderWorks Toolkit  F o r e w o r d A c k n o w l e d g e m e n ts  “The GenderWorks training has made us more confident and better informed about the options available to us when challenging decisions by local authorities which have an adverse effect on our group or our service users. We have already used some of the guidelines set out by the Gender Equality Duty when negotiating our contract for funding – before, we didn’t know about the duty. “We now talk with a greater understanding of our rights, and it has made a huge difference – now we fight back even stronger! Knowledge really is  power, and getting information through the internet is just not the same. Having the chance to meet a group like Southall Black Sisters was so very important and had a huge impact on us… we did not feel alone with our struggles. We thoroughly recommend this toolkit, as it contains many of the materials used on GenderWorks training courses, which have proved so useful to us in our work.”  This toolkit was written and compiled by the GenderWorks team: Sue Balcomb – England Country Programme Director.Steph Kendrick-Jones – Project Manager.Sue Smith – Equalities Policy Officer.Anna Grindle and Sandhya Sharma - Gender Skills Training Officers.Emma Feeny – Communications Officer.Thanks to GenderWorks staff Jane Moir, Kate Mansbridge and Haifa Cortbawi for their support, and volunteers Stephanie Ross and Ruth Rosselson for their contributions.The GenderWorks Toolkit was edited by Emma Feeny and designed by Katy Dawkins.GenderWorks would like to thank Adele Baumgardt, Engender, Sandy Ruxton, the Public Law Project, the British Institute of Human Rights, Southall Black Sisters, Media Co-op and the Equality and Human Rights Commission for their contributions both to this toolkit and to GenderWorks training courses. We would also like to thank course participants for allowing us to share their learning and illustrate this toolkit with case studies.Copies of this toolkit can be ordered by contacting Oxfam in Scotland, First Floor, 207 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HZ, tel: +44 (0) 141 285 8882, email: From a member of the Saheli Asian Women’s Group who took part in GenderWorks’ ‘Making the Gender Duty Work’ training course.
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