Capacity Building and Training
In addition to delivering direct services to women, MA works on sensitizing men and women to the key issues of gender-based violence by providing multiple trainings for health and legal professionals and others.
-Short-term and long-term trainings:
All trainings described below can be adjusted to the needs of organizations and participants
- Short-term Trainings
- Training on gender and gender based violence
Content: What is gender, gender and power, gender and development, gender inequality, gender stereotypes and masculinity, gender based violence: Reasons, forms and consequences
Objectives: Elimination of violence against women and to promote gender awareness.
Target groups: students, teachers, community elders, women-led organizations, NGOs, social and health workers, social actors.
Duration: 3-5 days as per the participants’ needs
- Training on gender sensitive communication skills and case management
Content: Gender concepts, gender and power, basic communication skills: What is communication, active listening, verbal communication skills, steps of case management and practical work.
Objectives: To sensitize participants for professional, empathic and non-violent communication in their private and professional life, to promote non-violent conflict solutions.
Target groups: For all professionals and helpers working with women as target groups, clients or patients: counsellors, psychologists, medical doctors, social and health care workers, trainers, legal staff, girls’ teachers, etc.
Duration: 4- 5 days based on participant’s level of information and experience
- Training on trauma sensitive basic psychosocial counselling skills
Content: Definition of counselling, principles of counselling, self-awareness, qualities, roles and ethics of a counsellor, process of counselling, basic communication skills, counselling of depression, anxiety, trauma, re- traumatization, counselling and trauma sensitive reactions
Objectives: To enable participants to approach traumatized people, especially women and girls survivors of violence, or with other psychosocial problems, in a professional and empathic way, and with a deep consideration of their situation
Target groups: Counsellors, psychologists, social workers, health workers and girls’ teachers working with women
Duration: 4 days
- Training on Familiy Mediation for legal staff
Content: Family mediation, mediation processes and stages, personal inventory of conflict and different forms of Conflict Resolution Models
Objective: To increase participants` mediation skills
Target group: Governmental and non-governmental legal, e.g. staff of legal aid departs of MOJ, mediators/social workers of MOWA, WAW, MOLSAMD and shelter organizations etc.
Duration of training: 5 days
- Training for police on legal and social aspects of Violence against Women
Content: EVAW law, rights of suspect and accused, citizen’s fundamental rights, violence against women and communication skills.
Objective: To increase access to justice for women by strengthening the close cooperation between the Police and Medica Afghanistan; to sensitize police to victims of domestic violence; to implement enforcement of the EVAW law; to sensitize police staff to respond to the needs of family violence survivors, particularly women and girls who have run away.
Target group: Police women and men from Family Response Units (FRUs), crime investigation departments and patrol staff.
Duration of training: 3 days
- Training for prison wardens on legal and social aspects in dealing with female prisoners
Content: Rights of prisoners and accused in the light of national and international laws, violence against women and communication skills
Objectives: To support penitentiary staff on fair treatment of women and girls in prison based on national and international standards, and sensitize them on dealing with women survivors of violence, especially with severe physical and psychological problems.
Target groups: penitentiary/JRC staff in Kabul, Herat and Mazar
Duration of training: 2 days
- Training on peace-building
Content: Concepts of peace and peace-building; diversity and peace-building; violence and the strategy of non-violent conflict transformation; working on own conflicts; communication and dialogue skills; collective trauma.
Objectives: To build the capacity of women activists and NGO staff on peace-building in society, and to link the elimination of violence against women to peace.
Target group: Women activists, NGO staff, women in public affairs.
Duration of training: 6 days
- Training for mullahs and religious leaders on registration of marriage and its relation to violence against women
Content: Legal marriage according to Afghan law and Islam; the role of the registration of marriage in decreasing illegal child and forced marriages; the relation of forced and child marriages to violence against women, impaired women’s reproductive health, and maternal and infant death.
Objectives: To increase legal registration of marriages, and thereby decrease child and forced marriages and violence against women and girls.
Duration of training: 3 days
- Training on trauma and gender sensitive approaches for medical professionals
The trainings are designed to improve the professional skills of health professionals both within and outside of hospitals in working with patients who are suffering from psychological and physical consequences of violence, and to offer them more options for dealing with violence and trauma.
Integrating this newly acquired knowledge into daily work routines increases the efficacy of medical treatments for the patients, as trauma-sensitive treatments reduce the danger of renewed psychological injury through re-traumatisation, which improves the quality of medical care, while health professionals are more aware of where their professional boundaries lie, what they are able to offer to patients affected by violence, and which services they can refer women to if necessary. Increasing empathy for patients amongst health professionals while helping them to develop their ‘self-help’ skills in turn reduces the danger of emotional exhaustion. As a result, the trainings make an important contribution to improving the lives of Afghan women by transforming their experience of health care.
Gender and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), basic counselling, trauma (trauma and its consequences, trauma sensitive approach, re-traumatization, counselling of trauma reactions), stress, clinical management of rape and self-care.
Section 1: Understanding SGBV as a foundation of the stress and trauma-sensitive approach
Section 3: Education on the consequences of psycho-trauma and Stress
Section 4: Counselling skills in the context of health
Section 5: Developing core attitudes vis-à-vis SGBV as health professionals
Section 6: Clinical management of SGBV
Target groups: Female doctors, nurses and midwives working in hospitals or other medical settings
Duration: Training cycle with 5 modules of 3 days each over the course of one year.
The training is embedded in 5 peer-group meetings in order to deepen new knowledge and discuss case work for practicing the trauma and GBV sensitive approach. Medica Afghanistan is currently implementing this training in cooperation with the MoPH in three hospitals in Kabul and as well as in the Regional Hospital of Herat and Mazar and we intend to expand our trainings to 16 provinces of Afghanistan if funding will be available.
Note: For all trainings listed above, the training curricula and training manuals are available in both English and Dari.