Gender Action Learning System (GALS)
An initiative that the team visited on their trip to Gumutindo was GALS (Gender Action Learning System), an empowerment programme introduced to transform and enhance gender equality economically, socially and politically, while also encouraging couples to save and invest in family projects.
Individuals use drawings and keep diaries to develop their own visions for improved livelihoods and to plan how they can move towards their goals. Husbands and wives are trained on how to set up short and long-term investment goals together to encourage good family budgeting to help improve family relationships.
Each member of GALS has a vision journey
A path is drawn and at the end of the path a shining sun is drawn, this is a vision of where the individual member would like to be
The opposite end of the path is where the individual currently is and their situation at home e.g. own a small piece of land
The right side of the path shows the challenges the individual faces, including issues at home, poverty, sun & wind impact the farming conditions and lack of land.
The left side of the path represents opportunities - what each individual has that can help reach their vision
After identifying where the individual wants to be and where they currently are, they can start their journey down the path that they have illustrated
Along their path there are a series of steps. The steps show what the individual will do in order to move their journey towards the sun/ their vision. (The steps can be set as 3 months/ 6 months/ 9 months and a year targets)
Each member has a different journey, different challenges and different length of time to achieve targets
Everyone in GALS must have a vision journey as it guides them to where they want to be
Comments from the EATFAIR team
"GALS is an inspirational project which puts things in perspective. We’re helping men and women work together towards a vision through the use of simple diagram tools – something we could use in our home and work life in the UK!"
Katie Howard, Head of Marketing - Commercial