The emerging lessons learned are captured in relation to: (i) problems or challenges encountered by the programme and the way actors resolved them, or (ii) opportunities/good practices in the programme and the relevant means of getting more or better out of them in further programming cycles.
1)Investing male strongholds: Training of women on some ones called masculine courses (eg. mechanic, civil construction, plumbing and electricity, cutting and sewing,) revealed and maid the communities that women are capable to perform any profession /job and can do anything/everything men can do professionally. This is one of the huge lessons that providing evidence of equality between men and women. It also enhances self confidence and trust by women on their potential to participate on various economic activities including on business management.
2)With COVID 19 context adaptability leads to innovation: The pandemic forced the programmed to adjust in many ways: inserting in the portfolio resource and contents to respond to the new challenges women are facing; adapting methods and processes to be able to pursue the implementation of the programme while complying with all legal and sanitary prescriptions against the disease; in doing this the programme learnt and brought its partner to learn new ways of working and living where innovation and technology have a frontline position. Flexibility and quick learning also enabled the programme to engage against other disasters and crisis such as the violent extremism in the Cabo Delgado and the cyclones.
3)Victim experience-based approach of advocacy: Stories like that of Belinda who escaped from gender based violence and became a full actor against VGB demonstrates the high added value that can be extracted from documenting success stories, and share with others, to influence and motivate to overcome situations of GBV. Stories of successful recovery encourage women and girls to stand up and take action against GBV: this was fully confirmed by the beneficiaries during evaluation focus groups (community better adhere to messages when voiced by victims).
4)Women, girls and…Men as well: It is crucial to target women and girls as change agents for their own empowerment. However, the experience by CSOs from the field also shows that it is key to sensitize men to be partners on gender equality because when we only empower women living with men who do not have gender sensitivity we run a risk of reversing the results. Behavior change for men to understand power dynamics and support women empowerment and gender equality has high impact to the change we want to achieve on women and girls.
5) Multidisciplinary approach in social research bring added value: Universities report that they gained a lot working together on the same issues, especially peace and security. Triangulating their views and methods a source of learning and added value, they reported.