Monthly Archives: October 2013

La importancia de mirar hacia adentro…The importance of looking inward…

El otro día escucha a Gloria, representante de ORMUSA (Organización de Mujeres Salvadoreñas), dar una presentación acerca de las buenas prácticas de equidad e igualdad de género en el desarrollo local.

The other day I heard Gloria, representative of ORMUSA (Organization of Salvadorian Women), give a presentation about good practice in gender equity and equality in local development.

Me quedé casi muda cuando escuché los logros del grupo, entre ellos, integrar la igualdad de género en las políticas, planes de acción y presupuestos de 10 gobiernos locales en El Salvador.

I was left speechless as I listened to all the achievements of the organization, among them, integrating gender equality into policies, action plans and budgets at 10 local governments in El Salvador.

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Cuando le pregunté a Gloria: ¿Cuál es el primer paso del acercamiento al gobierno local?, su respuesta demostró la necesidad de mirar hacia adentro, antes que cualquier otra cosa.

When I asked Gloria: What is the first step that needs to be taken when approaching a local government about gender issues?, her response showed the importance of looking inwards before anything else.

“El primer paso es realmente reflexionar como mujer, y como persona…Las mujeres necesitan darse cuenta que no es su rol hacerlo todo solos….sino que existe una co-responsabilidad con los hombres.”

“The first step is really reflecting as a woman, as a person…Women need to realize that it is not their role to do it all…that there is a co-responsibility with men.”

Son palabras muy poderosas y muy sabias para una joven. Sirven como recuerdo para mi que el trabajo de desarrollo empieza adentro de cada uno. Requiere honestidad y humildad para reconocer tus propias capacidades y limites, además de aprender de los errores y colaborar con otros. Gracias a Gloria por este importante recuerdo.

To me, these are very powerful and wise words spoken by a young girl and they help me remember that development does start by looking inward on oneself. It requires honesty and humility to recognize one’s own skills and limits, as well as to learn from your errors and collaborate with others. Thank you Gloria for this important reminder.

Tips for dealing with staff resistance to environmental action….

I recently participated in a two-day training session for green leaders in the health care sector. The purpose of the training session was to inspire action and equip leaders with practical tools they can use to implement environmental campaigns that engage staff in less impactful behaviours.

After engaging in a role playing activity where we had to convince a “difficult” staff member about why they should change a behaviour, for example carpool, bus, or bike to work rather than take their car, participants helped identify the following tips for dealing with resistance:

  • It is important to be respectful of diverse/different perspectives
  • Solutions should be developed together
  • Work to get a commitment from staff
  • Reiterate that the initiative is a team effort
  • Mention why the action/initiative is important
  • Make the solution as manageable (easy) as possible
  • Ask staff: would you try it for a week? Then, offer to help and find out what kind of support you can provide.

Peter Senge Quote