Toolbox for using gender-inclusive language in English

The Toolbox for using gender-inclusive language in English is a set of training materials, activities and resources for individuals or groups looking for ways to raise awareness of the subject, better understand how to apply the Guidelines and/or promote further discussions in their teams.

The materials, activities and resources included in the Toolbox can be used independently from one another. The goal is to encourage United Nations staff to actively use gender-inclusive language principles in English and share best practices with other colleagues in the workplace. Each tool provides step-by-step guidance that includes clear goals, relevant resources and suggestions on the next steps.

New resources and training programmes in the six languages will be included in the Toolbox as they become available.

Goal

This tool contains three activities, designed for all staff in the UN System. The goal is to show you how to apply the gender-inclusive guidelines to any communication (oral, written, formal, informal) to make it more gender-inclusive.

After completing these activities, you should have a deeper understanding of what “gender-inclusive communication” means and how you can make your communication more gender-inclusive.

Instructions

You can complete these activities on your own or in a group. Compare your responses with the suggested responses at the end of the tool and/or with the responses of others in your group.

Timeframe

20 minutes-1h

Objective

This webinar aims to raise awareness of the use of inclusive English in terms of gender and the resources available in the Organization to all those who do not have explicit prior knowledge on the subject or who wish to review them.

At the end of the webinar, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand what the use of gender-inclusive English means
  • Participate in a conversation on the subject considering the reference documents in the Organization.
  • Remember some of the strategies present in the English language to make gender visible or not visible when communication requires it.
  • Apply some of the strategies mentioned in their own oral or written communications.

Description

2-hour teacher-led webinar. Learn to apply three strategies for avoiding discriminatory language and making gender visible, or not visible, as required by the “UN Guidelines for Gender-Inclusive Language in English.” Prereq: English 9.

Eligibility

This training is available to all those eligible for language courses in the UNHQ Language Programme. (Click here for eligibility requirements). It is designed for participants with an advanced level of proficiency in English.

Duration

~ 2 hours teacher led webinar

1st edition date: 25/01/2021

2nd edition date: 05/02/2021

3rd edition date: 24/02/2021

Registration

Register on Inspira for LMS-6394. Registration is open until 15th January 2021.

Learning platform

The teacher of the course will contact you after you register with instructions on how to join the course on the learning platform. For more information, please contact Ms. Kirsten Duckett (duckett@un.org).

Objective

The objective of this blended training is for participants to explore ways to integrate a gender-inclusive approach into oral and written communications and to apply the recommendations for gender-inclusive communication in English.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • identify gender- inclusive and exclusive elements in written and oral texts
  • apply the principles for gender-inclusive communication in formal and informal oral and written texts

Description

In this self-study course, participants will have three weeks to complete various activities directly on the learning platform, including completing various guided activities, participating in online forums and giving feedback to classmates. Participants will also receive feedback from the teacher. There will be one optional synchronous session with the teacher.

Eligibility

This training is available to all those eligible for language courses in the UNHQ Language Programme. (Click here for eligibility requirements). It is designed for participants with an advanced level of proficiency in English.

Duration

~ 3 hours/3 weeks self-study and one optional synchronous session with the teacher

1st edition starts on 11/01/2021

2nd edition starts on 1/02/2021

3rd edition starts on 22/02/2021

Registration

Register on Inspira for LMS-5750. Registration is open until 15th January 2021.

Learning platform

The teacher of the course will contact you after you register with instructions on how to join the course on the learning platform. For more information, please contact Ms. Kirsten Duckett (duckett@un.org).

Goal

The goal of this workshop is to raise awareness on the topic and show participants how to apply the Guidelines to any communication (oral or written, formal or informal) to make it more gender-inclusive as a way to promote gender equality and eradicate gender bias. The Guidelines are available in the six official languages and have been tailored to each language.

Goal

The main objective of the session is to bring together managers and staff with supervisory responsibilities to raise awareness on how they communicate with their teams and to discuss how to apply and promote the Guidelines for gender-inclusive language. The Guidelines are available in the six official languages and have been tailored to each language.

Additional resources (on gender-inclusive language) published by various entities within the UN System

  • Checklists

-DGC Gender-checklist for content creation (2018) [EN]

  • Guidelines and indicators/principles

-ESCWA Gender-Sensitive Language Guidelines (2014) [EN]
-FAO-Dimitra Communicating gender for rural development (2011) [EN]
-DGACM Tips For Gender Sensitive Communication In DGACM [EN]
-ITU English Language Style Guide (2016) [EN]
-UNDP Principles of Gender-Sensitive Communication (2017) [EN]
-UNDP Guide pour la sensibilité au genre des communications nationales (2015) [FR]
-UNESCO Guidelines on Gender-neutral Language (1999) [EN, FR], [SP]
-UNESCO Gender-sensitive indicators for media (2017) [CH] [EN] [FR] [SP]
-UNHCR Recomendaciones para el uso de un lenguaje inclusivo de género (2018) [SP]
-UN Secretariat Editorial Directive ST/CS/SER.A/41 (1998) [EN] [FR]
-UN Women Gender-inclusive language guidelines (2017) [EN] [FR] [SP]

  • Glossaries

-IFAD Glossary on gender issues (2017) [AR, EN, FR, SP]
-UN Women Gender-equality glossary (2017) [EN] [FR] [SP]
-UN Women GenderTerm 2017) [EN, FR, SP]

  • Terminology Database

-UNTERM: The United Nations Terminology Database

  • Other documents

-Recommendations for inclusive workplaces for trans and gender nonconforming staff members, dependents, and
other stakeholders of the UN System, UN-GLOBE (2018) [EN]