The CAPWIP Institute for Gender, Governance and Leadership (CIGGL)  


The CAPWIP Institute for Gender, Governance and Leadership (CIGGL) is CAPWIP's training arm launched last February of 2004. It was established in partnership with the Manila International Youth Hostel (MIYH), a facility owned and operated by the Youth and Student Hostel Foundation of the Philippines/Youth and Student Travel Association of the Philippines (YSHFP/YSTAPHIL). Since it's launching, it has already sponsored and organized the following trainings: 

1. Making Governance Gender Responsive (MGGR) Training 

The "Making Governance Gender Responsive (MGGR)" is a generic course that can be adapted and modified to suit the needs of the different countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The initial MGGR training module was developed by CAPWIP with funding support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Asia Pacific Gender Equality Network (UNDP-APGEN) and the Regional Governance Programme for Asia and the Pacific (UNDP-PARAGON).

The training aims to:

In 2004, the training course was offered thrice; February 26 to 29, with 17 participants; June 21-26 with 21 participants and October 17-23 with 18 participants. In 2005, the training was offered last January 9-15 attended by 14 participants and on October 23-29, 2005 and was attended by 13 participants. In 2007, the training was offered on February 19-24 with 17 participants , June 24-30 with 41 participants  and November 12-19 with 51 participants. For more information, please visit the MGGR page.


2. Trainers' Training on Gender Responsive, Transformative Leadership and Politics within the framework of Building Transformative Communities

    CAPWIP organized a "Trainers' Training on Gender Responsive, Transformative Leadership and Politics within the Framework of Building Transformative Communities (BTC)" last September 19-28, 2005. This activity planned the operationalization of the Building Transformative Communities Program (BTCP) in the ASEAN region. It aims to adapt the Building Transformative Communities Program (BTCP) according to the needs of the country's stakeholders: Government Organizations (GOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society; and to design the program on Training of Trainers who will conduct the revised BTCP in their country. This was the first time that the Conceptual Framework of BTC was shared through a workshop and trainers' training.  The activity served as the core of NGOs that agreed to be the partners of CAPWIP in the implementation of BTC in the ASEAN.

      The objectives of the training were:

       A total of 32 participants from Asia, Pacific and Africa attended the activity. Majority of the participants are trainers, facilitators and resource  persons in their respective organizations.     


3. Study Visits/Tour

    a. Study Visit to the Philippines: Women and Men Deputies of the National Parliament of Timor Leste; April 2-9, 2006 (First Batch) and November 19-27 (Second Batch)

            Since Timor Leste's independence in May 2002, the country has been immersed in the process of nation-building. Institutions as well as legislations are being set up from scratch and the awareness of women and men on the need to strengthen gender equality and women's participation in politics and governance are relatively weak. In the last September 2001 election, there were twenty three (23) women elected for the first time in the electoral body and since these women are inexperienced in parliamentary processes, advocacy and the exercise of political power, they have admitted their needs for the enhancement of their skills to effectively participate in the country's development agenda. These women were particularly concerned with the promotion of women and gender issues as well as in the variety of policy issues that influence the country's development process.

            Through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Parliament Project Support to the National Parliament of Timor Leste, UNDP engaged the technical services of CAPWIP for the study trip to the Philippines for the women deputies of the National Parliament of Timor Leste. In the last few years, CAPWIP has supported Timor Leste, through the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) East and Southeast Asia Regional Office in Thailand, by providing technical support through the training of their leaders at the grassroots level. These trainings have resulted in more women elected in decision-making positions through local elections.

            The objectives of the study visit are:

           - To assist women parliamentarians to develop advocacy and networking skills in support for gender-sensitive policies/legislation and other issues of national interest;

           - To strengthen women's political leadership skills and capacities to better perform their legislation, oversight and representation functions;

            - To assist women parliamentarian's identify adequate mechanisms and structures to form a women's parliamentary group;

            - To create opportunities for parliamentary exchanges with women parliamentarians in the Philippines.

             The first batch of Timor Leste parliamentarians had their study visit from April 2-9, 2006. The delegation, composed of 13 deputies, was headed by Ms. Judit Dias Ximenes from the Fretilin Party. The second batch of Timor Leste parliamentarians had their study visit from November 19-27, 2006 with 16 participants.

              You can download the list of participants' here. To download the activity's final report, please click here.


  4. Building Mechanisms for Stakeholders' Participation in the Electoral Processes: Delegates from the Royal Government of Bhutan, October 8-21, 2006

      The Kingdom of Bhutan will hold its first parliamentary elections in 2008 and the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) invited the  National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) of Bhutan to make a presentation on targeting special groups of voters, specifically the women, youth and people with disabilities. NCWC then engaged the technical expertise of CAPWIP for the project called "Building Mechanisms for Stakeholders' Participation in the Electoral Processes".

      The objectives of the study visit are the following:

       - Gain theoretical and practical understanding and appreciation of some electoral institutions in the Philippines and their inter-relationships;

       - Acquire skills in identifying and analyzing governance systems which promote electoral reforms and processes for people's participation in elections especially the women, youth and persons' with disability;

        - Formulate a doable action plan to address the home-based concerns aimed at greater participation of the women, youth and the disabled in the electoral processes.

        The delegation composed of 8 participants from the different ministries of Bhutan visited different institutions in the Philippines and had their training of trainers as well as strategic management planning sessions with CAPWIP.


   5. Supporting Women's Empowerment in Peace Building and Preventing Sexual Violence in Afghanistan, March 10-31, 2007

       The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Afghanistan engaged the technical services of CAPWIP for this project. This is not the first time though that UNIFEM Afghanistan has contracted CAPWIP for their projects. In November of 2006, they've engaged CAPWIP to provide transformative leadership training and training of trainers to Afghan parliamentarians. Also, in February of 2007, UNIFEM again contracted CAPWIP to provide transformative leadership training to its three (3) client groups initially in Kabul.

       The activity in the Philippines was actually the continuation of the trainings held in Kabul. The interventions were designed to be more intensive to support UNIFEM's thrust in Kabul. The assumption was that these interventions sought to open opportunities for stakeholders to pool together human and material resources in pursuit of gender responsive governance.

       The following are the project's training components:

         a. Building the Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IMC-EVAW) Into a High Performing Commission in the Implementation of its Mandate, March 10-16, 2007

                This activity was attended by 23 members of the Commission. The group went through a strategic management process and they were able to identify strategic goals which were included in their respective ministry's action plans.

        b. Training of Advocates, Facilitators and Trainers for the Core Team of Transformative Leaders (CTTL): Ensuring Organizational Effectiveness Through Gender Mainstreaming, March 17-23, 2007

                 This training was attended by 16 all-female delegates from the various ministries of Afghanistan. The 12 members were trained in November 2006 and were joined by 4 new ones who were in the March 2007 three-day training in Kabul. The Manila workshop was aimed at continuing the growth and development of CTTL as transformative leaders. Furthermore, guided by a UNIFEM-Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA) decision to focus on "advocacy" as a function, it was also aimed that they enhance their advocacy and facilitation skills.

         c. Transformative Leadership Development Program: Towards Building the Provincial Council (PC) into Highly Effective Organization, March 24-31, 2007

                 This activity was attended by 29 participants from the provincial councils of Kabul, Kapisa, Logar, Nangarhar and Parwan. They went into strategic management planning and prepared action plans in order to build their respective councils into a team. They've also prepared a budget for their plans. The training had some leveling off on Gender and Development concepts plus gender mainstreaming with the experience of men and women in the Philippines' Muslim Mindanao.



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Dated: January 17, 2008