the introductions session is composed of two activities: first is an introductions and expectation exercise of two parts – a participant introduction exercise and presentation of workshop expectations; and second is a facilitator presentation providing an overview of the workshop.
- to introduce participants to each other and to facilitators;
- to introduce dynamically the idea that the ‘personal’ and ‘professional’ are integral to the lives of women human rights defenders;
- to support a safe space by having each participant share both stories and the physical manifestations of important moments and people in their lives;
- to help facilitators understand the participants’ priorities and their expectations for the workshop; and
- to set out the basic structure of the workshop, including guiding principles, logistics and ground rules.
This introductions and expectations exercise has been consistently effective and should not require specific adaptation.
Some portions of the overview session could be presented during the opening session.