Participants' voices: focus on gender and organizational change - 2
Female and male perspectives: we wish to share two interviews with participants from the same training activity on “Gender and Organizational Change”.
Interview with Mr. TOURE Sultan Abdoul Karim, Technical Adviser to the General Director, Planning Department of the Ministry of Planning and Development, Côte d'Ivoire, and Turin Centre participant
What was your experience of the training activity on gender and organizational change?
First of all, I would like to point out the mix of people from different backgrounds and different parts of the world, with different experiences. This gives an idea of how the issue is dealt with in different places, what is common to all cases and the ideas you can get from other participants, as well as other ideas and advice from trainers. So far, I am really enjoying this interactivity and interaction with different people and the way the course is handled and how the trainers deliver it, making this participative and interactive.
What did you find useful for your personal and institutional objectives?
From my personal perspective, I have a much better understanding of what the issue of gender is, and regarding the topic, of how an organization can really analyse gender equity or gender balance, not just the numbers of males or females, but by the way the organization works, and respecting differences between women and men. As a person, this is what I am taking away.
As far as the organization is concerned, I come from the Ministry of Planning, and not only in my ministry, but in the whole government, there is a good level of awareness on gender. There is a ministry specially dedicated to gender issues, and a strong political commitment. The question is “How to make it effective, how to effectively implement policies regarding gender equity?” This implies tools that people need to really implement gender-related issues and address the question. It is very important to make a diagnostic of the situation regarding gender equity, in organization, in the delivery and in policy design and planning.
Do you think you have gained new ideas and insights into the issue?
A lot of new ideas and practical experience from organizers, trainers, on how to make a diagnostic and propose solutions to gender issues, but also and maybe more from the practical experiences of other participants, on how these questions have been addressed by other participants and their countries. From both sides.
Do you think you will apply the results of the training in your country?
Personally I should! There is a larger context. Firstly, I will report to the persons in charge to make decisions, since they are the key to making gender policies effective. My first step will be to increase the awareness of people in charge and senior managers on how to create effective gender equity in organization and in designing policies and planning action for its development, and share and explain practical and concrete tools. Then I will propose strategies on how to make the organization more gender effective and, on top of that, how to communicate and reach the target, the goal. Hopefully I will create a larger group of people aware of the question and have a greater impact.
If you were to tell your colleagues about that training activity and the Centre, what would you say?
The Centre is a very nice place and I participated in a very rich and result-oriented training. Trainees are practical persons with direct experience, professionals in their sector, with field experience: a very rich and interesting experience to get and to share and I enjoyed the way the classes are held: interactive, with all participants involved.
I would recommend to anyone interested in a specific topic that is on the Centre’s portfolio to apply and have the chance to come.