GEM Field Testing Process in Latin America (May 2002 - December 2003)

[Report prepared by Daphne Sabines Plou, GEM Regional Coordinator for Latin America]


The Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) had several uses in the field testing that took place in seven projects in five Latin American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil) between May 2002 and December 2003. The field testing process included a series of training workshops in the use of the GEM tool and in the comprehension of the GEM framework.

The seven projects involved in the field testing were the following:

  • Modemmujer, feminist communications and information network, México City, México
  • Gender and ICTs in Telecentres, in Bosa and San Cristóbal (Bogotá, Colombia), in coordination with ATI (Asociación para el Trabajo Interdisciplinario) and Colnodo, APC member in Colombia.
  • Community Communications Project, in Colinas del Norte, in coordination with Chasquinet, in Quito, Ecuador.
  • Gender Training, in Federación de Barrios, in coordination with Intercom-Ecuanex, in Quito, Ecuador;
  • Communications with Equity, in Fundación ERPE, Riobamba, Ecuador, in coordination with Intercom-Ecuanex;
  • Evaluation of information bulletin, creation of new web page and strengthening of network, AMARC Women's Network in Latin America and the Caribbean, regional, Bolivia and Ecuador;
  • Gender and ICTs in women's education network, Rede Mulher de Educacao, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The uses of GEM were the following:

Gender Sensitisation workshops: in Federación de Barrios, Colinas del Norte and Riobamba (Ecuador); in Bosa and San Cristóbal (Bogotá, Colombia), and Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Evaluation of products and work: in Chasquinet, Ecuador; Modemmujer (México) and AMARC Women's Network

Evaluation of tasks and communication process: Colinas del Norte, Quito, Ecuador;

Gender and ICTs hands on training workshops: Bosa and San Cristobal, training sessions with multipliers in local women's groups;

Planning: in Colinas del Norte, Quito, Ecuador; Fundación ERPE, Riobamba, Ecuador; ATI - Equity and Development three years project, Bogotá, Colombia; AMARC Women's Network (Regional).

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