Virtual Dialogue Report on Professionalization of Gender Trainers

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This report of the ninth Virtual Dialogue hosted by the UN Women Training Centre’s Community of Practice (CoP) summarizes discussions on the professional qualifications of trainers and quality assurance in the field of training for gender equality. Debates highlighted the complexities of professionalization processes, such as the challenges of defining who is a gender trainer, who should be able to 'certify' trainers, accountability and tensions in feminist knowledge transfer. The Virtual Dialogue explored the professional ethics, criteria and standards for gender trainers – from personal attributes, to knowledge and experience, feminist pedagogical and methodological approaches, and technical skills. It also debated a range of potential quality assurance mechanisms for gender trainers.