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Transforming Masculinities: Training manual

A manual to train Gender Champions and faith leaders

2017 Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish

Cover illustration of Gender Champions - volunteers who lead and facilitate change in their communities with respect to gender norms.

Cover illustration of Gender Champions - volunteers who lead and facilitate change in their communities with respect to gender norms. Cover Illustration: Petra Röhr-Rouendaal, Where there is no artist (second edition)

Cover illustration of Gender Champions - volunteers who lead and facilitate change in their communities with respect to gender norms.

From: Changing gender norms: Transforming Masculinities

Transforming Masculinities is Tearfund’s evidence-based intervention to end sexual and gender-based violence and promote gender-equal societies

The Transforming Masculinities manual is designed to be interactive and self-reflective to enable participants to explore, discuss and reflect on their own attitudes, beliefs and behaviours regarding gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence. They can then lead others through the same process.

This manual provides a detailed activity guide for use in training, and includes guidelines to support the community dialogues the Gender Champions will lead and facilitate.

Gender Champions are men and women who volunteer within communities to lead and facilitate change with respect to gender norms, gender equality and the role of faith. A detailed guide, Community dialogues: Promoting respectful relationships and equitable communities, is available separately.

Activity 19: Jesus – the model for positive masculinities

Learning objectives:

  • to teach an alternative model for masculinities that can be modelled and promoted in the community dialogues
  • to explore the characteristics of Jesus as a model to aspire to

Suggested steps:

  1. Ask the group if they would like an energiser, and if they do, start a quick energiser or ask a volunteer from the group to facilitate one.
  2. When everyone is settled in their seats, tell them that you are going to focus on the concept of positive masculinities.
  3. Ask for suggestions from the group. Can they think of any good examples for positive masculinities? Give a few participants the opportunity to share their views.
  4. Now you can introduce the title of the session: ‘Jesus as the model for positive masculinities’.
  5. You can tell them that we are going to look at Jesus’ life as a model for men to aspire to.
  6. State that, in many instances in the New Testament, the ultimate model for a Christian can be found in the life of Jesus. We can see how he interacted with women, those who were oppressed, the needy, those in authority and his family. Scriptures such as Ephesians 5:22–25 allow us to see that Christ is the model for our relationships.


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First time using the Transforming Masculinities manual?

We strongly recommend that you contact a Tearfund team member before implementing Transforming Masculinities for the first time. For support and guidance in the initial stages, please contact us at: [email protected]

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