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The Gender and Education Office of ICAE has been a strong pillar of ICAE for years. Three important feminist networks took part in its foundation and gave a global strength and a very broad and diverse feminist vision:

•    Network of Popular Education among Women of Latin America and the Caribbean (REPEM),
•    African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)
•    DAWN-Southeast Asia

GEO´s mission is to mainstream gender in the Adult Education sector, to ensure that women are granted the right to lifelong learning and to participation as active citizens.

This mission is reflected in the following objectives:
(i)    To monitor and follow up international agreements on gender, education and lifelong learning;
(ii)    To mainstream gender in different global and regional spaces such as the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), UNESCO, World Social Forum, World Education Forum, UN Conferences, Global Campaigns for Education and UN Literacy Decade;
(iii)    To implement a comprehensive and systematic approach to education for inclusion from a gender perspective and promote connections among the agendas;
(iv)    To secure the right to education in women and feminist movements activities and in the different scenarios of global governance;
(v)     To support GEO members around the world to achieve the above mentioned goals though an ICT and communications strategy.

Some GEO recent activities:

GEO provides spaces to think strategically from a gender and education perspective: GEO Consultation in Marrakech, 2012; GEO Consultation in Malmo, 2011.

GEO strongly promotes learning opportunities to grassroots women so as to strengthen their advocacy capacities to realize their right to education. In this sense, in 2011 and 2012 GEO implemented the women’s rights training course:   "Adding Knowledge" funded by UN Women Uruguay.

 GEO actively contributes to the setting process of the post 2015 Development Agenda:

- GEO participates in the on-line Global Thematic Consultations and the UN-NGLs consultations and calls

- GEO joined the Women’s Major Group (WMG) on 2010 and is an active member asserting the importance of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning for women. The WMG was created as a result of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The role of the WMG is to assure effective public participation of women's non-governmental groups in the UN policy processes on sustainable development

- GEO contributed to the document that was launch during the 68th UNGA (2013) “Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Women’s Priorities: Recommendations for the Proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

- As part of the WMG, GEO was invited to address from the floor, on education, the Fourth Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) on June 17-19 2013. The meeting brought together member states, observers, and representatives from UN agencies and Major Groups. The meeting was devoted to addressing the thematic issues of: (a) employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture and (b) health, population dynamics.

- GEO also participated in the Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Monitoring the Rio+20 and Post-2015 Development Agenda, Bogota, Colombia and the Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century, in March 2013. Along with REPEM and other women networks, GEO presented a number of Key Messages.

GEO is part of the Gender Constituency of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and participates in the on-line meeting and calls. GEO-ICAE is accredited by UNEP and participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (2011).




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Adding Knowledge / A Sumar Saberes

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"Adding Knowledge" is a capacity building programme designed and developed by the Gender Education Office of ICAE to promote women’s active citizenship through a theoretical and practical training.

The aim is to empower women so they would be able to play an active role in the definition and follow up of public policies, particularly those related to youth and adult education.

In addition, to strengthen women’s skills and capabilities to advocate in both the local and the global level, develop their abilities to negotiate with local authorities and to articulate with other movements and organizations.

The training contents are based on the fact Adult Learning and Education (ALE) is a fundamental right and a key catalyst for people to be active citizens in the development process. In addition, ALE is essential to the achievement of other human rights. At the same time, the gender approach is a basic axe of the training programme which includes:

•    Emotional and conceptual learning process (using creativity, connecting mind, body, spirit)
•    Recognizing multiple discriminations women face and recognizing within the general category of women there is great diversity across race and ethnicity, health, age, sexual orientation, disability, class, income, and citizenship status.
•    Learning from diversity (social, politics, education system, women from the media)
•    Discussion about obstacles for full women citizenship (understanding the rooted causes of inequality).
•    Collective and individual women’s advocacy work.
•    Working in groups and division of labour according to skills and interests (spokespersons, networking, media work, logistics, writing concept notes)
•    Women’s participation and representation in global arenas (connecting local impacts of global decisions and proposing alternatives, intersecting agendas)
•    Gender practical needs vs gender strategic needs
•    Networking and alliances with other women and organisations (after a strategic assessment)
•    Ensuring sustainability and contribution to the broad social transformation (inside-outside strategy power map)

Methodology makes a particular emphasis on the following aspects:

-    Updated  information on advocacy processes of civil society and women movements that work at the global level
-    Concrete tools for advocacy actions
-    Existing opportunities for virtual training and discussion
-    Articulation with other networks in Latin America and the rest of the world.

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A Sumar Saberes es un programa de formación diseñado y desarrollado por la Oficina de Género y Educación de ICAE para promover la ciudadanía activa de las mujeres a través de la capacitación teórica y práctica.

El Objetivo es el empoderamiento de las mujeres de forma que puedan jugar un papel activo en la elaboración y seguimiento de políticas públicas, en particular aquéllas relacionadas con la educación de personas jóvenes y adultas. 

Se trata de fortalecer las capacidades de incidencia de las mujeres tanto en lo local como en lo global, desarrollar sus habilidades para la negociación con autoridades y para articularse con otros movimientos y organizaciones. 

Los Contenidos de la formación se basan en el entendido de que el derecho a la educación a lo largo de la vida es una herramienta para la construcción de ciudadanía, y por tanto un derecho “habilitante” para la exigencia y ejercicio de todos los derechos humanos. A su vez, la igualdad de género es un eje central del programa el cual incluye los siguientes aspectos:

•    Proceso de aprendizaje emocional y conceptual (utilizando la creatividad, conectando mente, cuerpo y espíritu)
•    Reconocimiento de las múltiples discriminaciones que enfrentan las mujeres y reconocimiento de la amplia diversidad que incluye la categoría general “mujeres” en cuanto a raza, etnia, salud, edad, orientación sexual, discapacidad, clase, ingreso y estatus de ciudadanía.
•    Aprendizaje desde la diversidad de las participantes (provenientes del sector social, educativo, políticas, comunicadoras, etc.)
•    Discusión sobre los obstáculos al pleno ejercicio de la ciudadanía de las mujeres (análisis de las causas profundas de las desigualdades).
•    Trabajo colectivo a individual de incidencia.
•    Trabajo en grupos y división de tareas de acuerdo a habilidades e intereses (portavoces, trabajo en red, logística, redacción de notas conceptuales)
•    Participación y representación en diferentes espacios (conectando impactos locales de decisiones globales y proponiendo alternativas, interseccionalidad de agendas)
•    Necesidades prácticas versus necesidades estratégicas de género.
•    Trabajo en red y alianzas con otras mujeres y organizaciones (tras un análisis estratégico)
•    Asegurar la sostenibilidad y la contribución a la transformación social amplia.

La Metodología hace especial énfasis en lo siguiente:

- Información actualizada sobre los procesos de incidencia de la sociedad civil y el movimiento de mujeres en particular que trabajan a nivel global,
- Herramientas concretas para las acciones de incidencia,
- Instancias de intercambio y capacitación virtual y
- Articulación con redes latinoamericanas y globales.

Por más información contactar: secretariat @