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Gendershops

The Gendershops are a series of feminist workshops held with Secondary School students in Addis Ababa.

Gendershops project aims to create a critical shift in consciousness around gender norms within high schools to reduce the school community’s tolerance to gender-based Violence. The Gendershops is a one-day interactive gender workshop which aims to generate transformational shifts in the mindsets and consciousness of young boys and girls about healthy relationships, masculinity, gender, and sex.   To help students reflect on their gender identities, the training is carefully designed by drawing advice from gender experts. The training is also mapped with the conceptualization of the schools as ecosystems; activities, scenarios, and contextualization were based on the realities within the schools. Moreover, they are fully participatory, using engaging and relevant tools and exercises such as games, critiques of popular music videos, and feminist deconstruction of given names.  A hallmark of the Gendershop is the ‘women-only’/’men-only’ sessions that Setaweet facilitates, the latter with a male facilitator and with a safe space created to question the components of normative masculinity.  The workshop attempts to problematize gender relations in the school to question dominant forms of masculinities and femininities, challenge gender-based stereotypes as well as sexist narratives. It helps the participants to identify gendered norms that box them, the male privileges and forms of women’s inferiority that makes violence possible. The Gendershops training is delivered by our trained volunteers who have been working with Setaweet by giving the training in different public and private schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. So far, our volunteers along with the Setaweet team have managed to train over 2,000 students in six different schools in the first phase of the project. In the following phases, Setaweet plans to take the training nationwide. 

Creating a critical shift in consciousness around gender norms within the schools in order to reduce the school community’s tolerance to gender-based violence


The workshop invites participants to critically look at gender relations in the school, question dominant forms of masculinities and femininities, challenge gender-based stereotypes as well as sexist narratives. It helps the participants to identify gendered norms that traps their identities, the male privileges and forms of women’s inferiority that makes violence possible.

The Gendershops training is delivered by our experienced volunteer trainers who have been working with Setaweet in various public and private schools in Addis Ababa. So far, our team trained over 2,000 students in six different schools in the first phase of the project. In the following phases, Setaweet plans to take the training nationwide.

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