Impact and lessons learned through the Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS)

Key Thematic Findings

The study finds that the GALS methodology is transforming gender relations in the target groups. It is promoting collaborative decision-making over project and other resources. Harmful dichotomies expressed in concepts such as women’s plots, men’s plots, women’s crops and men’s crops are being dissolved. Hitherto, these dichotomies have resulted in poor planning across the farm system and with respect to broader livelihood planning. They have contributed to strong inequities in benefit distribution, and weak and uneven investments in subsistence and market crops. This has had important implications for the ability of the smallholder sector to commercialize successfully, and for Zimbabwe to achieve development outcomes in relation to, for example, education and nutrition targets. Significant changes are taking place in the gender division of labour, with men taking on domestic and care work as well as investing more time and money into productive activities. The achievement of visions such as improved houses, purchase of ox-carts, and other large assets provide a tangible and powerful demonstration of the benefits of gender equality. The physical demonstration of equality also helps men negotiate new masculinities because the benefits to cooperation are so evident.

GALS REView Report

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