Gender in Agriculture
Gender Transformation
Women Power Within: Confidence, aspirations
Women: Power to skills resources
Women: Power with men-Strategies for men to change gender inequality

Why Gender Justice?

  • For women themselves-human rights for half the population
  • For families-more efficient livelihoods and well-being of children, youth and men
  • For traders and companies-increased efficiency and profits higher up the value chain-local to global
  • For local, national and global economies-increased growth, food security and poverty reduction, taxable resources, democracy

The Multilane Highway

  • Happy life and livelihood journey and vision
  • Changesin gender relations at household level are needed for women and men to achieve that vision
  • Changes in the wider community, family or business relations who need to be influenced in order to achieve that vision

Community-led movement building for gender equality in rural development in Zimbabwe: adapting the Gender Action Learning System(GALS)

Stagnation and lack of traction

Since 1999, FACHIG focuses on entrepreneurship development, crops and small livestock, market and business training and financial services. Its main clients are women who constitute 73% of its membership base.From internal reviews and evaluations undertaken between 2004 and 2009, the organisationrealised that the approaches and activities implemented in that period had a positive impact on livelihoods and enabled some level of empowerment on women. The focus on women, however, had also led to  lack of tractionand resistance from men, who perceive the empowerment of women as not in their interest or threatening. Although people are aware of the key role women play as farmers, their 'empowerment’ is often seen as a win-lose game - men lose out and women gain.

A new approach

The lack of trust at household and community levels, as well as the cultural/political context, has, throughout the short history of FACHIG, pressurized  some women leaders in self help groups and caused many to withdraw from their posts or dilute their enthusiasm. In many cases and often, women remained stagnant in their development. despite micro-enterprise and value chain development initiatives. Consequently, some self-help groups fell apart.. As a result, FACHIG identified the need for a new approach and strategy(Gender Action Learning Systems:GALS) to transform gender norms and relations at individual, household and community levels, to strengthen collective action and the improvement of the position of both women and men in their livelihoods.

What is GALS?

It is a community led empowerment methodology which aims to give women as well as men more control over their lives and catalyze and support a sustainable movement for gender justice.

History of GALS in Zimbabwe

In 2010, FACHIG (The Farmers’ Association of Community self-Help Investment Groups) was invited to Bukonzo Joint Cooperative in Kasese, Uganda to participate in international conferences aimed at spreading awareness and the adoption of the GALS methodology. The process was led by Linda Mayoux (an independent hired by Oxfam Novib) and ThiesReemer. The selection of FACHIG was based on interest and initiatives by the organisation, a partner organisation of Oxfam Novib at that time. FACHIG has since adopted GALS as a methodology of choice for mainstreaming GALS in all its programmes. Additionally,  and in response to demands from major donors in the country(DANCHURCHAID, American Embassy, GOAL, Practical Action, DFID and FAO) the organisation is assisting with mainstreaming and integration of GALS into existing programmes in different parts of Zimbabwe. Given these developments,a GALS Southern African Hub will soon be established with Zmbabwe as host to further upscale the methodology in the region and beyond.

Our Gender Justice Vision

A Zimbabwe where women and men of all ages realize their full potential as economic, social and political actors, free from all gender discrimination, for empowerment of themselves, their families, their communities and global humankind(Adapted:Mayoux, 2016).