International Women's Day 2021

SCORE Training adapts to continue promoting gender equality despite COVID-19

While the priority in 2020 was health and safety, the SCORE Programme adopted several strategies to meet gender equality objectives. On this International Women's Day, let's look back at SCORE Programme activities that helped ensure progress on this critical issue.

Article | 08 March 2021
In 2020, the world of work was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. While everyone’s focus was on outbreak prevention, safety measures and business continuity through the pandemic, 2020 also brought its share of innovation. SCORE trainers continued to deliver SCORE Training virtually, and businesses continued to achieve their objectives despite the operational difficulties. Continued progress towards greater gender equality was no exception to this positive trend. On this International Women's Day, let’s look back at the projects undertaken to ensure we continue to move towards greater gender equality.

Innovation in support of gender equality

At a time when face-to-face training was no longer possible, SCORE Training provided solutions, help and advice to small and medium enterprises on mitigating the effects of the pandemic. Trainers quickly shifted to virtual training in most countries with SCORE Training. After several workshops and training session, many countries saw a new opportunity to offer virtual training on gender equality.
  • In Bolivia, webinars and productivity training provided an opportunity to address gender equality within enterprises.
  • In Colombia, too, the focus was on the development of virtual training and events. The gender equality theme was already well-integrated thanks to implementing the Gender Equality module (previously known as MIG SCORE). It was not difficult to mobilize experts and to take advantage of new technological tools to teach and advise in the best possible way.
  • In Ghana, trainers were given practical training on gender equality implementation and reporting measures to pass on to enterprises.
 18 representatives of trade unions in Peru participating in a workshop on gender equality in the workplace

Preparing for a better recovery

Besides organizing virtual training and building trainers’ capacity to deliver gender equality training, other countries prepared for the recovery by translating and adapting materials.
  • The SCORE team in China translated the entire Gender Equality module to increase the module’s reach once training was relaunched.
  • In Indonesia, the Gender Equality module was translated into Bahasa and adapted for local use. This allowed the first round of trainers to be trained in February 2021, and interest has already been shown by global brands operating in the country.
  • Bolivia and Peru integrated new elements on equality into the SCORE Training materials. Actions for promoting gender equality have been incorporated into business improvement plans in Peru to increase the ratio of gender equality actions per improvement project.
  • In Colombia, adaptations have gone even further. New training materials inform SMEs on workplace violence, harassment and work-life balance.
  • The SCORE team in Peru also ensured its trainers focused on gender issues. At the same time, Ghana built the capacity of trainers to deliver online training on gender issues.
Woman working in a furniture factory in Vietnam

Raising awareness and inform on gender equality practices

Most SCORE Programme countries also spearheaded a major effort to raise awareness through training workshops, webinars and conferences.
  • In Vietnam, where restrictions were less-severe due to low COVID-19 cases, conferences shared best practices on promoting gender equality. Gender Equality training was also provided at capacity building events.
  • In Ghana, Bolivia and Indonesia, emphasis was placed on reminding and raising awareness of gender practices in all training workshops held in 2020.
  • Myanmar and Vietnam produced publications and reports to understand the situation better and act more effectively.
Excellent results have been achieved in many areas related to gender equality, thanks to these strategies. 2020 saw the highest percentage of companies with women and men included in the Enterprise Improvement Teams (EITs) since the programme began. Now four out of five companies include women in their improvement teams. As a key driver of change in the company, this enables more improvements to be made to benefit of ALL the workforce. 2020 also was the year that the highest percentage of female trainers became certified. More female trainers increase the incentive for female company staff to become active involved in implementation of SCORE trained practices that benefit everyone. Finally, more and more women are taking part in SCORE Training, in 2020 almost half of the staff trained in SCORE workshops were female. During SCORE Training, women workers acquire new knowledge & skills that further encourages active participation in the running of the enterprise. Although the fight is far from over to achieve the 2030 gender equality goals, the SCORE Programme is advancing the progress, using more tools & techniques to advance gender equality in small and medium enterprises around the world.