Rural women learn about communication for advocacy

From 03 to 05 April 2019, a training workshop aimed at women on communication in advocacy was held in the city of Bertoua (East Region). This event was organized by CED and GIZProPFE. The two entities are working together to improve gender equality in land and non-timber forest products (NTFP) governance. The beneficiaries of this training were from the Eastern NTFP networks supervised by GIZProPFE and 3 local associations managed by women, local CED partners.

On a daily basis, women face challenges in accessing land and resources due to some adverse customary practices. During the land tenure week held from 21 to 25 January 2019 in Yaoundé, the need for capacity building in communication for advocacy was raised, in order to improve gender relations in land and resource governance. The objective of this workshop was therefore to strengthen women’s capacities on peaceful communication for advocacy. More specifically, it was about: identifying the obstacles to cooperative communication; providing tools to increase one’s chances of being heard; being attentive and speaking calmly; transforming disagreements into opportunities for dialogue.

Through role-playing and exercises inspired by the daily challenges to access land and resources, participants put themselves in the shoes of the various local land management stakeholders (traditional rulers, administrative authorities, opinion leaders, marginalised rural women, etc.). This practical and participatory dimension of the training enabled women to better assimilate communication techniques; to distinguish between negative and positive communications; to clearly identify the needs to express in an advocacy action; to express their request in a positive manner; to identify potential allies in advocacy.

This training gives women the tools to better claim their rights to access land and resources, and therefore improve their inclusion in land management, which is in line with one of LandCam’s aims to contribute to inclusive land management.