Definitions are important. For the remainder of the session and for USAID-related work moving forward, participants will need to be able to understand and use a specific set of vocabulary. Terms such as “transgender,” “gender equity,” and “empowerment” mean different things to different people. To move forward, and for the sake of dialogue throughout the workshop, there must be an agreement on the generally accepted definition of each term.
Definitions can be handed to a participant via a glossary handout or PowerPoint presentation. However, retention of new vocabulary is far greater if participants take an active role in discussing the definitions themselves.
Facilitators are encouraged to identify the vocabulary words necessary for discussion during their session, and include a definition activity early in the workshop. Groups of suggested vocabulary words can be found under each “available training” [and include hyperlink] link. It is recommended that each agenda not include more than 10 vocabulary words, or the session will run on too long and participants may lose interest.