Exchange Workshop


The exchange workshop is intended as a confrontation among partners in order to take a step forward in the creation of tools to facilitate them to implement the actions associated to the Gender Action Plan at their organizations. This result was achieved by the exchange of experiences between the participating partners. The challenges identified by this tool were categorized in the following six issues: “communication” (how to explain understanding of project), “precarity” (recruitment, promotion mechanism), “balance” (work life balance, gender balance), “data” (lack of disaggregated data), “environment” (skepticism, competitive culture) and “institutionalize” (decision-making issues, commitment of management).

Methodological Approach: 

The first part of the workshop was run in World Café format. World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue, so the partners had the chance to share their experiences when implementing action plans at their organizations. Prior to the workshop participants had to prepare a list of 3 challenges and 3 successes related to the process of implementing action plans at their organizations. These lists were the entry points for the discussions at the tables.

In the second part of the session the partners were paired to work on a practical 6-month plan of how they will support each other. The list of challenges and success experiences filled previously and also the findings shared in the previous World Café were the input for this phase and the action plan consisted of a prioritized list of challenges to be addressed by a partner and those partners who can help addressing them.


A good advantage can come in identify areas in which is worthy to put more efforts than others: in our case the results showed a focus on “challenges” rather than “success”, as only one success issue was reported while six different issues related to challenges were reported. The success issue identified was “time”, more specifically “good timing” mentioned by three GenderTime partners.