The goal of this paper is to define, generate and present for discussion a general women-centered training design model. Such a model could be used by trainers to create local workshops, skills building projects, seminars, conferences or other training programs which would be women-centered, responsive to specific objectives and in keeping with local customs, resources and constraints.
The paper is divided into two sections. In the first section, general principles and assumptions influencing the thinking of the authors regarding women-centered training are presented. After a brief explanation, these assumptions guide a first attempt at defining purposes, perspectives and rationales for women-centered training. In the second section of the paper, a training design model is presented. This general model provides the guidelines and structure for the concluding sequence, a composite example of how the general model might be used to produce localized and specific training programs. The reader will not throughout this document that the authors chose to replace the plural noun "women" with the singular pronoun "her." This bending of the rules of rhetoric was deliberate as the grammatically correct pronoun did not seem to express the thoughts and sentiments of the authors accurately. Therefore, the repeated inclusion of this error is intentional and not due to editorial oversight.
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