The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
GSD: Module Two
Module 2: Concepts & Terminology
Before this training, I had never made the distinction between the four main concepts discussed: gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, and biological sex.—GSD Training Participant, Haiti
Participants should leave with an understanding that
- Everyone has a biological sex, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Most people have a gender identity. Each of these exists on a continuum
- It is important to understand key terms and concepts related to GSMs and use respectful language in the workplace and programs
- One should be cognizant of common myths regarding GSMs and be ready to support colleagues
What does it include?
- Biological sex, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation are presented as important concepts to understand gender and are each discussed at length
- An engaging discussion of key gender and sexual orientation terms related to public health and non-discrimination
- An activity that builds empathy through understanding the impact and importance of local language related to GSMs
- Small group work to brainstorm ways of supporting hypothetical colleagues, described in short case studies, who experience gender-based discrimination