Tools: Training Teams

Basic Concepts: Gender / Power




Discussing Power and Women's Empowerment

CARE International - Uganda Exercise to reflect on various types of power and how participants perceive power - its sources, types and influence on society.

Discussing Sexuality

CARE-SAA Toolkit Introduction to WHO's circles of sexuality and reflection on the relationship between gender, sexuality and our work.

Gender Areas of Inquiry

CIGN Framework developed by CI Gender Network for gender analysis. For each area listed, analysis teams must consider how agency, structures and relations interact to reinforce or transform gender inequality.

Gender Continuum

CARE-SAA Toolkit Helps staff analyze their own approaches toward women's empowerment, across agency, structures and relations.

Gender Ideals

CARE-SAA Toolkit Uses brainstorming, illustration (or in some cases sculpture modeling) to discuss what defines an ideal man, woman, boy or girl (structures, relations, agency).

Silent Power Exercise

Multiple Exercise to reflect on power in our own lives and hot it may be possible to influence the balance of power in development settings.

Women's Empowerment Illustration

CARE-Strategic Impact Inquiry Depict through pictures the concepts within CARE's women's empowerment framework.

Experiences: Gender / Power




Appreciative Inquiry-Dialogues Valorisants

CARE International - Burundi (K McIlvaine) Explores a person's experiences of positive change and aspirations to understand his/her stories of change /achievement (agency), in addition to the structures and relationships that have supported or raise barriers in these transformative experiences.

Daily Time Use

Multiple Looks at what tasks and leisure time comprise men’s and women’s days (agency); and how gendered activities are valued, respected or awarded through income;  the exercise can uncover gendered norms and attitudes about men’s/women’s work (structures).

Experiential Workshop on Power

CARE International - Ecuador Explores how people experience power in order to raise self-awareness (agency). As part of the SII, CARE Ecuador used this methods for both healing as well as to collect information through play resources.

Fishbowl Exercise

CARE-SAA Toolkit Exploration of participants' experiences, and perceptions about social issues.

Gender Socialization

Multiple Looks at how boys vs. girls are socialized in terms of what skills, behaviors and perceptions they learn to adopt (agency), how they relate with others (relations) and the values that underlie socialization of children from birth to marriage (structures).

Life Histories-Timelines

CARE - Situational /UCP Analyses (B Bode) Explores individual men’s and women’s actions, activities and attitudes across their life (agency), in addition to structural conditions and relationships that have shaped their opportunities, experiences and outlooks.

Discussing Assumptions / Values




Discussing Sex

CARE International - ECARMU (T Klouda) Exercise with participants to gain comfort speaking openly about sex and sexual pleasure, linking how gender and sexuality relate to our work.

Gender and Power Scenarios

CARE-SAA Toolkit Reflection on power, social status, sexuality and discrimination.

Gender Equality Attitudes-Values Clarification

Promundo (G Barker, GEM Scale) Gauges men’s (or women’s) attitudes about gender equality (agency). It can also then be used to understand the broader values and norms that drive attitudes (structures), as well as give a sense of the dynamics surrounding gender relations.


CARE International - Uganda Puzzles to get people thinking about gendered assumptions.

Facilitation / Analysis Training




Critically Explore Foster and Challenge

CARE International - ECARMU (T Klouda) Help staff uncover layers and perceptions about exclusion and inequality.

Facilitation Role-Play

CARE International - ECARMU (B Bode) Practice exercise for staff to learn about good facilitation and teamwork.