This toolkit, commissioned by the Human Dignity Trust on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance, provides a valuable framework for the delivery of training for public service officers and members of the general public across the various jurisdictions within the Commonwealth.
Many Commonwealth countries continue to criminalise same-sex intimacy. In many of these countries, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) related stigma and discrimination continues to be prevalent. In recognition of the need to address SOGI-related stigma and discrimination in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Human Dignity Trust, in partnership with the government of SVG (through the Ministry of National Mobilization, Social Development, The Family, Gender and Youth Affairs), organised a two-day human rights and gender and sexual diversity (GSD) training of trainers across various parts of the public sector. The training was well received by the participants, who demonstrated an increase in knowledge about human rights, and gender and sexual diversity. Most of the participants indicated that they would recommend the training to others. Given the generally positive impact of the training and the transferability of the content across various jurisdictions, this training toolkit was revised to provide optimal training. Because of their overall transferability, the sections of this toolkit mirror those in the original SVG Human Rights and GSD Training Toolkit, but the scope has been broadened beyond the context of St Vincent.
The toolkit will provide the necessary information and tools to facilitate a training or sensitisation session on gender and sexual diversity, foundational human rights knowledge, as well as on the challenges faced by members of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community.
The toolkit addresses a range of different areas. Each section of the toolkit can be used as a stand-alone tool for sensitisation that may be utilised by the trainers trained under its framework. In this way, each section can be deployed strategically according to the needs identified within a given ministry, department or agency.
The eight modules of the toolkit are:
- Values Clarification And Myth Busting;
- Introduction To Human Rights;
- Understanding Gender And Sexual Diversity;
- Laws And Policies Affecting LGBTQI Persons;
- Stigma And Discrimination;
- Training Methodologies;
- Understanding The Local LGBTQI Community;
- Basics Of Monitoring And Evaluation.
The training and sensitisation sessions, facilitated through the toolkit, can be used to strengthen understanding of human rights, gender and sexual diversity, and the LGBTQI community among the wider public and members of vulnerable populations, using interactive and engaging methodologies which foster respectful dialogue and cooperation. Simple monitoring and evaluation tools are provided so that the trainers can self-assess the utility and efficiency of the training conducted.