7.7 Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP)

WEP Animator Training

Topics Covered:

  • Legal rights of women, children and men
  • Property inheritance and wills
  • Gender stereotypes and Gender Based Violence
  • Leadership and Teamwork Skills
  • Managing Groups and Community Mobilization
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


The training is broken down into three modules with the following objectives under each:

Module 1: Legal Rights Education

  • To develop self-confident women leaders, equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out educational and other empowerment activities in their communities.
  • To increase rural women’s knowledge of Legal and Civic Rights.

Module 2: Rights Education and Leadership Skills

  • To build the confidence level of participants to carry out their educational and leadership roles without any fear.
  • To sharpen their organizational skills in their quest to mobilize their fellow women and men in their communities towards development.
  • To equip participants with group decision-making and group problem solving skills for the communities.

Module 3: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Education

  • To equip the animators with the requisite skills to counsel their people, especially women, on basic sexual and reproductive health education and the various health opportunities available to them.


Women’s Empowerment SS and/or EPOs

Target Participants:

Women’s Empowerment Program Animators

Resource Requirements:

  • 15 pieces of paper cut into various shapes to form five squares for group problem solving activity
  • Print outs of worksheets and pre/post test sheets contained within the Training Manual
  • Male and female condoms (and possibly other birth control methods) for demonstration


The training is planned in partnership with local Government gender officers, so these must be engaged before the training can happen. The program officer must plan together with local Government officers on which topics will be facilitated by whom and on which days.

Once the plan is ready, the program officer should communicate through EPO and VHs in advance when the training will occur and ask them to invite animators to the training.

The facilitator must also re-read the relevant training manual prior to the training to ensure the material is fresh in their minds.


  • Module 1: 3 days
  • Module 2: 1 day
  • Module 3: 2 days – Training Manual contained detailed breakdown of time required for each topic covered and activity included under this module only.

Course Content:


For Module 3 only, the Training Manual contains a multiple-choice test for participants to take before and after the training to see how their knowledge has improved as a result

Action Plans:

The Training Manual contains example action plan for WEP animators to use when scheduling VBWs and other activities to be performed following the workshop.

Other Externally Facilitated Training

External consultants may be recruited to provide general leadership training in addition to leadership component of the animator training mentioned above.

THP also supports Epicenters to get involved in national and international campaigns like International Women’s Day, National Campaigns Against GBV, etc. THP funds animators to attend local, regional or national launches of these campaigns, so they can take information they receive back to their communities in and share it through village-based workshops.