Community dialogues: Promoting respectful relationships and equitable communities

This tool is a guide for community dialogues that Gender Champions can use to facilitate a series of reflections and dialogues. Their ultimate aim is for individuals to be transformed. This tool will be most effective if used in the context of the Transforming Masculinities approach. The sessions are practical and action-oriented, so at the end of each one participants will be given personal and relational reflections to take home and think through during the week, with a view to sharing their thoughts in the following session. The sessions are composed of both scriptural reflections and other tools to facilitate honest dialogues at the community level. The idea is that holy texts, either from the Qur’an or the Bible, are used to help address misinterpretations that support and perpetuate harmful masculine ideologies, gender inequality, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This tool was designed for use in DRC and is being piloted in Kinshasa, with revisions expected in 2018.

40 pp
Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University
Passages Project
Prabu Deepan