Gender Model Family Manual for community workers: creating equitable lives and education

Zenebech Abdu with her children Photo: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu.

This step-by-step manual helps organizations introduce the Gender Model Family program to their communities for equitable living between genders.

Why is this manual important?

The Gender Model Family program gives husbands the knowledge and tools to live equitably with their wives, and to ensure that their boys and girls are given the same opportunities to develop their potential.

Through training and follow-up support, women and men are sensitized and mobilized to make the transition from a ‘traditional family’ to a ‘Gender Model Family’ - one that can model change and transformation in society by challenging traditional notions of gender roles and responsibilities.


Who is this manual for?

This manual is for community leaders and field staff who want to establish gender equity in their communities where there are existing development programs.

These facilitators and their families must themselves be Gender Model Families. Ideally, two facilitators (a man and a woman) should be involved.

Region of focus: West Africa


How can I use this manual?

This seven-step manual is for communities. Throughout the steps, facilitators are provided with training topics, discussion topics and monitoring tools.

Topics include:

  • a calendar for implementing
  • about Gender Model Families
  • preparing communities
  • recruiting families
  • training about daily activities, roles of women, family action plans, access and control
  • training about sharing household work, sharing planning, sharing farming and business work, sharing resources and decisions, sharing parenting and childcare, sharing community and leadership
  • monitoring families
  • tools such as interviews and decision-making tools
  • reproductive choices
  • payments


When and how was it developed?

This manual was developed by SEND and RADA after a workshop in Kenema in 2013.


Where can I get the manual? Who can I contact?

You can download the manual here [3.31 MB].

Siapha Kamara

Gender Model Families, SEND & RADA. 2013. GENDER MODEL FAMILY MANUAL for community workers. Ghana, Liberia & Sierra Leone: SEND West Africa.


Equity and gender: balancing the scales of decision-making

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