What is GenderUp?
GenderUp supports project and research teams in scaling agricultural innovations in a gender responsible way. GenderUp will guide teams in a series of workshops to:
- Identify gender and other relevant diversity among innovation users for more successful and inclusive scaling of agricultural innovations.
- Improve their scaling strategy by anticipating unintended negative consequences for different groups in society.
GenderUp takes you and your team through 4 different stages:
Stage 1: Defining the innovation and scaling ambition
We determine a baseline by asking questions concerning the innovation, development goals, and scaling strategy. By taking inventory of your scaling intentions and strategy while considering the local context, we start laying the groundwork to assess relevant diversity and better understand leverage points within the scaling strategy.
Stage 2: Exploring relevant dimensions of diversity
In this stage we explore dimensions of diversity (such as gender, marital status, land ownership, age etc…) relevant to a particular context and scaling ambition. This will allow us to think through different challenges and opportunities of potential direct and indirect users of the innovation.
Stage 3: Understanding implications of intersectionality
The possible relevant dimensions of diversity identified in the previous stage will in this stage be considered in the context of gender and other possible intersections of relevant diversity. The implications of this intersectionality and associated challenges and opportunities will be translated into prioritized user profiles. This is critical in identifying specific action areas to address possible negative or unintended consequences of the scaling strategy.
Stage 4: Mitigating consequences and embracing opportunities
In the fourth stage, we will revisit the original scaling strategy and re-think scaling activities given what we have identified as the most relevant diversity. This is to ensure positive benefits for intended users and to prevent negative consequences. This step allows the project team to prevent, mitigate, or redirect the intervention strategy to enhance scaling and avoid potentially harmful unintended consequences.
Stage 5: Integrating GenderUp into your project management
In the final stage innovation team management will meet with the GenderUp facilitator to discuss and receive feedback on how they have incorporated their new inclusive scaling strategies into their project work plan.
"I have gained more [information] about gender inequalities in the use of innovations where the women farmers are less likely to adopt new technologies compared to men farmers and the agricultural innovations can transform gender relations in negative
and positive ways."
GenderUp workshop participant, Rwanda
Who can use GenderUp?
GenderUp can be used by anyone who is committed to making agricultural innovations available to a diverse group of users. This website is developed for facilitators who want to take their innovation team on a journey towards a more equal distribution
of innovation benefits across different social groups, for example across men and women.