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This CD contains a resource collection of free games, training manuals, workshop guides etc. for teachers, trainers and development workers who are working for and with girls. It includes interactive and participatory training guides and  resources on rights, empowerment, violence against women and girls, HIV/AIDS, sexuality and reproductive health and leadership development 

The CD is free and there will be no postage charge for organizations and individuals who request a copy from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Carribean. Groups or individuals in North America, Europe and Australia will be charged $7.95 for the CD and a $5.00 shipping and handling fee. Write to [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

Coordinated by Joeyta Bose ([email protected]), assisted by
Sofia Binioris (
[email protected])

The contents of this CD can be downloaded in full from this page. Click on the title of each to save your own copies

1. Empowering Young Women to Lead Change: A Training Manual  
(click title to download)
World YWCA and UNFPA
This manual, conceived by the YWCA and UNFPA, is a creative training tool designed to put young women in control of educating and empowering themselves to take action on key issues that affect their lives. Designed by a group of women leaders and activists under the age of 30 from nine countries, the modules foster self-determined approaches to developing leadership skills and awareness of strengths and rights in seven areas: HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, self esteem and body image, violence against women, human rights, economic justice and peace. The manual provides young women with information and tools to gain insights into the issues, facilitate training to educate and mobilize peers, develop advocacy skills and take concrete action on the issues. Tested in Belarus, Jamaica, El Salvador, Lebanon, the Philippines and Zambia, and available in English, French and Spanish, the curriculum is fun and flexible, and each module may be used alone or combined to create an eight-day leadership development training.
Also available at: http://www.unfpa.org/publications/detail.cfm?ID=304&filterListType=3

2. Making Waves: How Young Women Can (and Do) Transform Organizations and Movements (click title to download)
Association for Women in Development (AWID)
In this paper, Lydia Alpizar and Shamillah Wilson explain some reasons why young women are not choosing careers that focus on the empowerment of women or gender and development. While the authors provide some answers to questions on the importance of involving more young women and what constrains their involvement in these movements, they also offer up practical strategies and case studies to show how strong multigenerational organizations and movements are built.
Also available at: http://www.awid.org/publications/OccasionalPapers/spotlight5_en.pdf

3. Act Now! A Resource Guide for Young Women on HIV/AIDS 
(click title to download)
Sisonke Msimang and Shamilla Wilson, UNIFEM and AWID
Aimed at young women who are actively advocating around the issue of gender equality and HIV/AIDS in their communities, this manual is based on the thoughts, opinions, stories and concrete strategies provided by over 500 women who were participating in an online discussion that explored the  intersections between youth, gender and HIV/AIDS; emerging challenges and successes in HIV/AIDS for young people, particularly young women; and ways in which youth can participate in addressing gender and youth issues in HIV/AIDS programs.  In addition to providing an overview of HIV/AIDS as a gender issue and highlighting youth and women’s organizations that are active in this area, the manual provides a useful guide for planning a workshop for young women on this topic. It includes notes for the facilitator, activities and handouts that can be reproduced for this purpose.  
Also available at: http://www.awid.org/publications/ActNow.pdf

4. Facing the Challenge of New Reproductive Technologies
(click title to download)
Association for Women in Development (AWID)
This primer is a guide to the current debates on new reproductive technologies (NRTs), how they are changing political landscapes, and their potential effects on women’s human rights. Based on the belief that women’s sexual and reproductive health rights, including ensuring access to appropriate reproductive technologies, has been a cornerstone in the fight for women’s human rights and freedoms, this paper explains why young women need to be informed about these technologies, the often-contradictory forces that are shaping the debate about them and whether they help or hinder young women’s rights. 
Also available at:  http://www.awid.org/publications/primers/factsissues8.pdf

5. Girls, HIV/AIDS and Education
(click title to download)
The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS  & UNICEF
Providing good-quality basic education and skills-based prevention education is fundamental to reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, particularly for girls. This report provides an international overview on the topic of girls, education and HIV/AIDS and provides graphic and tabular evidence that links sexual knowledge/behaviour and educational level among young people. It outlines three priorities that support schools in protecting girls and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS: getting and keeping girls in school; proving life skills-based education; and protecting girls from gender-based school violence
Also available at: http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_25047.html

6. Positive Women’s Survival Kit
(click title to download)
The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
Produced by and for women and girls living with HIV/AIDS, this kit addresses the topics like dealing with a positive diagnosis, disclosure, staying healthy, childbirth and breastfeeding, sex and sexuality, grief and loss etc.  It also includes fact sheets on several topics including HIV/AIDS and transmission, tips for eating well, reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, self help groups, drug use and harm reduction, condoms, human rights and HIV. 
Also available at: http://www.siyanda.org/Static/icw_survival_kit.htm 

7. Sexual and Reproductive Health for HIV-Positive Women and Adolescent Girls: Manual for Trainers and Programme Managers  (click title to download)
EngenderHealth & the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
Aimed at health workers who are working at community level with women and adolescent girls with HIV/AIDS, this manual provides a comprehensive 4-day training agenda and 2-day planning workshop on integrating sexual and reproductive rights counselling with HIV/AIDS services. The 19 participatory sessions are designed for a local context and cover topics like adolescent sexuality, pregnancy and HIV/AIDS; counselling HIV-positive girls on sexual and reproductive rights, ethical issues in counselling; and addressing sexuality with HIV-positive women and girls.  It was field-tested in Brazil, Ethiopia, and the Ukraine.
Also available at: http://www.engenderhealth.org/res/offc/hiv/women/index.html

8. Dreams and Desires: Sexual and Reproductive Health Experiences of HIV Positive Women
(click title to download)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) & the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
These thirteen stories from courageous women from around the world aim to highlight what it means to be a sexually active HIV positive woman. This collection digs deep into what HIV positive women dream about and desire, in relation to their sexual and reproductive health, and unearths what it means to be a woman living with HIV.
Also available at: http://content.ippf.org/output/ORG/files/5332.pdf

9a. Gender or Sex: Who Cares? Skills-building resource pack on gender and reproductive health for adolescents and youth workers, with a special emphasis on violence, HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion
(click title to download)
Ipas and Health & Development Networks (HDN)
Aimed at volunteers, professionals and youth who work with young people on the influence of gender on issues of sexual and reproductive health, this resource pack provides a workshop curriculum that introduces the concepts of sex and gender, explores how these concepts are at play in the participants own lives and society in general, allows participants to survey how these concepts have been transmitted and learnt and gives them the opportunity to analyze how gender affects sexual and reproductive health.  This skills-building resource pack features a number of participatory tools and games as part of its curriculum and incorporates suggestions and feedback from field-tests in various regions of the world enabling easy adaptation in different cultural situations.
Also available at:  http://www.ipas.org/publications/en/GENDERSEX_E01_en.pdf

9b. Gender or Sex: Training for Trainers
(click title to download)
Ipas and Heath & Development Networks (HDN)
These trainer notes were developed for those who wish to train experienced facilitators to carry out workshops based on the Gender or Sex curriculum described in the resource 9a above. While the notes include a workshop schedule, sample exercises and introductory information, the sections also contain workshop tools and handouts for trainees, a variety of ice-breaker and energizer exercises, as well as different types of monitoring and evaluation forms, so that trainers can choose those which they feel would work best during a particular workshop.
Also available at: 

10. Games for Adolescent Reproductive Health
(click title to download)
This pack of 45 games and tools approaches the task of working with adolescents on sexual health and reproductive rights in a fun and imaginative way. It includes tips on getting started, guidance to creating one’s own games and the research and theory behind using participatory games to tackle serious subjects successfully.
Also available at:  http://www.path.org/files/gamesbook.pdf

11. HIV Positive Young Women, ICW Vision Paper 1
(click title to download)
International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
This common advocacy agenda, from a group of young HIV positive women from Eastern and Southern Africa, highlights their priority concerns and outlines several demands that include the need for continued access to education for HIV positive girls (for example, by providing flexible learning times for those earning a living or helping at home during normal school hours) and better access to information for positive women and girls on safe pregnancy, breastfeeding and abortion.

12. Tacking HIV/AIDS and Poverty in Africa: Report of the Young Women and Leadership Institute
(click title to download)
Association for Women in Development (AWID)
Emerging from the 2004 session of the AWID Young Women and Leadership Institute, this document is a report on the organization and mobilization of 35 young women from Africa around HIV/AIDS in the African context.  The report outlines a number of issues young people face in combating HIV/AIDS and provides tools for action.  Topics include HIV/AIDS and leadership; HIV/AIDS, human rights and young women; economic justice and HIV/AIDS; building young women’s response to HIV/AIDS; and challenges faced by young women in organizations.
Also available at:  http://www.awid.org/ywl/ywli/YWLI_report_feb2004.pdf

13. From Combat to Community: Women and Girls of Sierra Leone
(click title to download)
Women Waging Peace and the Policy Commission
In October 2000, for the first time in its history, the United Nations Security Council acknowledged that women have a key role in promoting international stability by passing Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.  It called on all parties to ensure women’s participation in peace processes, from the prevention of conflict to negotiations and post-war reconstruction.  The Women Waging Peace Policy Commission was established to examine peace processes with a particular focus on the contributions of women.  Drawing on qualitative field-based research and quantitative survey data, “From Combat to Community: Women and Girls of Sierra Leone” assesses how consideration of gender issues can improve disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) processes and documents the contributions of women in official and civil society-based reintegration programs.
Also available at: http://www.huntalternatives.org/download/8_from_combat_to_community_women_and_girls_of_sierra_leone.pdf 

14. Workshop on Asia-Pacific Young Women from Situations of Armed Conflict  
(click title to download)
Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development’s (APWLD)
Based on a workshop for women from the Asia-Pacific, this excellent resource contains a report of the workshop and a resource kit that emerged at the end of this event. The kit includes an advocacy brief, developed by the participants as a tool for lobbying State and non-State actors to address the issues specific to young women in situations of armed conflict; country reports, authored by the participants on the history and status of the conflict they live in and young women’s role within that; and  analytical frameworks or tools based on the concepts of: identity-based politics, intersectionality, national and international laws, patriarchy, nation State ideology, conflict resolution and peace building. It also includes a bibliography of resources to assist with locating further information for understanding these frameworks and their application.

15. Gender and Sex – Sample of Definitions
(click title to download)
Esplen, E. and Jolly, S., BRIDGE (gender and development)
This short, but useful, paper presents a range of definitions of gender and sex, which reveal the diversity of the individual and institutional understandings that exist of these much-debated terms.
Also available at: http://www.siyanda.org/Static/bridge_sexuality_definitions.htm

16. Peer to Peer: Creating Successful Peer Education Programs
(click title to download)
International Planned Parenthood Federation
This guide describes the steps necessary for planning, identifying and training youth and youth educators, and implementing, monitoring and evaluating a peer education program. Additionally, it contains examples of succesful sexual and reproductive health projects for youth from organizations that are active in Latin American and the Caribbean.

17. Strength in Action: An Educator’s Guide to Preventing Domestic Violence
(click title to download)
This guide provides essential resources for teachers, facilitators, and leaders to conduct a systematic, ongoing educational process designed to prevent domestic violence. Designed for young people, the main objectives of the resource guide are: to create a dialogue around culture, violence, vulnerability, and rights; to create an understanding of domestic violence and of what can be done to prevent it; and to encourage a better awareness of the role of gender and of ideas of masculinity and femininity in the perpetuation of domestic violence.  It aims to encourage discussion about domestic violence with both boys and girls through a participatory process, focuses on experiential learning and is structured so that the facilitator guides the participants through a process of experiences and activities, reflection and discussion, often facilitated by supporting audio visual material.  It also encourages responsible action, problem solving, and negotiating skills and aims to promote a gender sensitive approach to relationships, family and society. 
Also available at:  http://www.breakthrough.tv/teach.asp?id=5

18. Strategies and Tools for Working with men and Boys to End Violence Against Girls, Boys, Women and Other Men
(click title to download)
UNIFEM & Save The Children
Developed at the end of a three-day workshop in 2004 on this topic, this report outlines practical tools for working with boys and men to combat gender-based violence in the region, such as promoting positive parenting, creating support groups for men and boys, addressing the media, and challenging discriminatory laws.  The workshop also produced a South Asian work-plan on promoting partnership with men and boys to end violence against girls, boys, women and other men.  Participants discussed the idea of starting up White Ribbon Campaigns—a campaign which originated in Canada to engage men and boys in the struggle to end men’s violence against women—in their own countries.  They also decided to incorporate the issue of men’s involvement in ending gender-based violence into existing campaigns and programs, such as International Women’s Day.
Also available at:  http://www.siyanda.org/docs/Working_with_men_and_boys_1may06.pdf

19. Working with Men for Women’s Rights
(click title to download)
Association for Women in Development (AWID)
This piece describes strategies and tools for involving men in development work that addresses gender equality. It includes an overview on why involving men is important in gender and development work and highlights successful programs that address this issue.
Also available at:

20. How to Advocate
(click title to download)
League of Women Voters in the US
A short, quick guide developed for the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2007 for girls on how to advocate, including preparations, lobbying approaches and strategies at local level.   

21. Creating Participatory Radio with Children: A Facilitator’s Guide
(click title to download)
Community Media for Development/ CMFD Productions
This step-by-step guide explores working with children in a participatory process to create radio dramas that spark young imaginations, explore social issues related to children, and express their feelings and thoughts about the world around them. It contains ice-breakers, a child-friendly primer on different kinds of radio drama and a guide to developing radio programs that work well with reaching children.
Also available from:  Deborah Walter ([email protected])

22. The Gender Bender Game
(click title to download)
Soroptimist International of Jakarta
This hands-on exercise where community members identify the existing stereotypical male and female roles and responsibilities; and then reassess and re-categorize them on the basis of equity, considering what  can be done by women/girls, or by men/boys or by both. Both the health promotor (facilitator) and community members participate in the learning process of identifying problems, finding alternative, solutions and taking action to solve their own problems.
Also available from:  Julie Marsaban ([email protected])

23. Our Homes, Our Lives, Ourselves: A Fun Book to Help Young People Get the Issues Right Concerning Women in Human Settlements Development
(click title to download)
United Nations Centre for Human Settlement
A booklet intended to help teenagers get an idea what it is like to be a woman. They do this by reading, thinking and investigating the role of women in various ways. The booklet includes a board game ('The Game of Life') and sections on finance, land, information, networking, environment
Also available at:  http://www.hrea.org/erc/Library/unchs97-en.pdf

24. All Different, All Equal
(click title to download)
European Youth Campaign Against Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Intolerance
The All Different, All Equal education pack was developed as part of the European Youth Campaign Against Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Intolerance. The material was developed for audiences 14 years of age and older. The Education Pack is a book intended for use in informal education settings but activities may also be incorporated into the classroom setting. The book has two major sections, the first dealing with the key concepts for intercultural education and the second suggesting activities, methods and resources. The materials are intended to be a learning tool for the reader, as well as a resource for the organizing of activities and lessons. The text of the pack is highly interactive, with many comments and questions offered to the reader to cultivate a dynamic sense of dialogue.
Also available at:  http://www.hrea.org/erc/Library/secondary/different-equal-en.pdf

25. DOMINO: All Different, All Equal
(click title to download)
Council of Europe
A peer group education curriculum for secondary and high schools, Domino is aimed at youth and social workers, teachers and youth leaders, as well as young people wishing to get involved in  programs that fight xenophobia, racism and intolerance. While there is some theoretical background on peer group education in the different sections, this manual also contains project descriptions, participatory methods, quotes and stories from young people.
Also available at:  http://www.hrea.org/erc/Library/secondary/domino-en.pdf

26. Are You a Humanizer?
(click title to download)
Hague Appeal for Peace
This participatory checklist has been conceived of as a tool that encourages the meaningful use of vocabulary and language to foster good relationships between teachers and students or between peer groups. It encourages students to self-monitor their language, use words that contribute to building, enhancing, promoting, sustaining, and maximizing peace both between and among persons, groups, communities and nations.
Also available at: http://www.haguepeace.org/index.php?action=resources&subAction=morePeace

 27. Disarming Your Mindset
(click title to download)
Hague Appeal for Peace
Consisting of an activity that uses scrambled words, a speaking circle and a game on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, this set of participatory tools aims to build awareness about the basic needs and the right of the child, listen and interact respectfully with each other for positive group dynamics and build peace-related vocabulary for practicing in the classroom.
Also available at: http://www.haguepeace.org/index.php?action=resources&subAction=morePeace

28. Ending child marriage: A guide for global policy action
(click title to download)
United Nations Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, with the support of UNFPA, IPPF and Young Positives
This policy guide is part of a wider advocacy strategy to raise awareness on child marriage and its effects on communities. It is also part of the wider initiative on preventing HIV infection, particularly among adolescent girls, and it aims to stimulate decision-makers worldwide, in particular government policy-makers, donors, and international development agencies, to take all necessary measures to end this violation of rights. The publication outlines this global problem and the reasons why child marriage persists, assesses how it contravenes many international human rights standards, and then provides policy and programmatic recommendations. It will assist organizations to accelerate action and advocate for an end to this practice.
Also available at: http://www.haguepeace.org/index.php?action=resources&subAction=morePeace

29. An Advocacy Guide for Feminists
(click title to download)
Association for Women in Development (AWID)
Advocacy is an umbrella term that describes various strategies—including campaigning, lobbying, research/communication and alliance building—that are used ton influence decision-makers and policies.  This guide discusses “feminist advocacy” and provides strategic steps in infusing advocacy strategies with feminist values.  It provides advice on choosing an advocacy strategy, building campaigns, and using “feminist advocacy” as an engine for change.
Also available at: http://www.awid.org/publications/primers/waysmeans1.pdf

30. Gender Equality & Child Labor: A Participatory Tool for Facilitators
(click title to download)
International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC)
This participatory guide aims to help facilitators worldwide to promote an understanding and awareness about child labor and gender equality among young people, and adolescents in particular. Based on the principle that young people have an important role to play in raising awareness about issues of social justice and bringing about social change, the guide promotes an understanding of how gender roles affect boys and girls with regards to child labor, includes an overview of important issues and incorporates nine participatory and imaginative activities that address the impact of gender on child labor.
Also available at: http://www.haguepeace.org/index.phpaction=resources&subAction=morePeace

31. Other web resources
(click title to download)
These web sites are useful in their entirety, with some downloadable elements. We did not download all the information from these sites because in some cases the sites were designed as interactive tools, while in others access to the whole sites would be more valuable, rather than access to a few of their contents.

Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information