Starting With Women

The Starting With Women (SWW) approach begins by asking what rights women have to land, and moves on to strengthen and secure those rights, both within families and in the community.

The approach starts from the view that women in all communities know what they want and need in terms of their land rights, and that with information, guidance, and support from one another, they can develop a plan to get what they want and need.

For more information on the SWW approach, visit our blogs and download the pamphlet, the toolkit, and tools below.

SWW Toolkit and Tools

Improving Land Tenure Security for Women: A Starting With Women Approach

The Toolkit presents a framework and suggests its potential as an analytical foundation for assessing the security of land rights, for designing projects or developing policies that protect and strengthen women’s land rights, and for evaluating effectiveness.

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Tool One - Sample Job Description for Community Based Facilitators

Tool One, Job Description, provides sample criteria for Community Based Facilitators (CBFs) who will work with the women, groups, and communities. It is important that these CBFs be selected carefully. This sample job description outlines the core duties of CBFs in order to hire the best candidates.

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Tool Two - Community Based Facilitator Self-Assessment

Tool Two, a two-part self assessment, should form the basis for training and supporting Community Based Facilitators (CBFs). It assesses each CBF's work experience, experience with the communities, and understanding of the gender and social dynamics regarding land and resources in the community.  

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Tool Three - Sample Logic Framework

Tool Three, Sample Logic Framework, is linked to the Sample Baseline Survey and Assessment (Tool Four), and provides sample outcomes and indicators to measure women's land tenure security. The framework should be amended based on context and should be developed after initial qualitative research on land and resource security for women. 

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Tool Four - Sample Baseline Survey and Assessment

Starting With Women's Tool Four, Sample Baseline Survey and Assessment, forms part of a robust Monitoring and Evaluation plan, and should be conducted with both project participants and a control group. Questions should be tailored to the particular project context.

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Tool Five - Sample Focus Group Guide: Women’s Needs Assessment

Tool Five is a guide to conducting a needs assessment to form the basis for curriculum development and engagement. It focuses on understanding the land and resource tenure situation and women’s experiences of tenure.

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Tool Six - Monthly Reporting Format Template

Community-based Facilitators (CBFs) should write a monthly report for each group including weekly group meeting minutes with as much detail as possible. Starting With Women's Tool Six - Monthly Reporting Format Template provides suggested items for inclusion in this report. 

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Tool Seven - Format for Group Meeting Minutes

Tool Seven is a template for group meeting minutes, which should be kept by the groups themselves where feasible and should be recorded by CBFs. This template also includes guidance for using journals for ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

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Tool Eight - Sample Implementation Plan

The Starting With Women approach is based on the needs and aspirations of participants. Implementation activities must be responsive and flexible. Tool Eight includes suggestions for how to easily chart out a plan, including methods for engagement.

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Tool Nine - Action Points for Groups: Co-creating Solutions

Following the needs assessment and baseline, group work to identify problems and aspirations, ask for confirmation, amendment, or addition, and identifying action points is next. Two samples of action points and a blank table are part of  Tool Nine.

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Tool Ten - Sample Curriculum: Mediation Training

Starting With Women's Tool Ten is a sample curriculum for an interactive three-hour mediation training that focuses on empowering participants. It includes sections on conflict, conflict analysis, and the process of mediation.

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Tool Eleven - Sample Curriculum: Assertiveness Training

Starting With Women Tool Eleven is a sample curriculum for assertiveness trainings. It includes two sessions: one focused on public speaking, and one focused on lobbying and advocacy. 

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Starting With Women is a joint project supported by Resource Equity and Associates Research Trust in Uganda.
For more information or assistance, please contact Resource Equity here or by emailing info@resourceequity.org, or Associates Research Trust here or by emailing director@aresearchtrust.org.

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