The Gender and SSR Training Resource Package is divided into sets of resources focused on particular SSR topics, listed in the left hand menu. Each set of training resources contains the following:


Key messages: taken from the companion tool in the Gender and SSR Toolkit.


Training exercises: 10–19 exercises covering a range of possible subjects, methodologies, audiences and durations. Each exercise is organised under the following headings:

  • Type of exercise

  • Audience

  • Time required

  • Intended group size

  • Supplies

  • Guidance to trainers

  • Learning objectives

  • Exercise instructions

  • Handouts, worksheets and trainer's cheat sheets (if applicable)

  • Possible variations (if applicable)


Discussions: possible gender and SSR discussion topics, and tips on how to make discussions effective.


Training challenges to consider: additional challenges to those discussed in the Guide to Integrating Gender in SSR Training.


Examples from the ground: short case studies that can be used as a resource for training.


Additional training resources.

Finding a training exercise

We have compiled a directory of all training exercises in this resource package to make finding the right exercise easier! Download the directory of training exercises to help find an appropriate exercise: Directory of training exercises.


Using the directory requires a spreadsheet programme. Use filters to categorise exercises or search for specific exercises. For hints and tips on how to make the most of the directory see the Guide to the TRP directory.


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Using the training exercises

The training exercises are designed to help you to deliver training on gender and SSR issues in an engaging and interactive manner. You will find exercises in the form of action planning, role plays, stakeholder analysis, SWOT analysis, case studies, gap identification, mapping, and many other formats. Icebreakers, energisers and introductory exercises on gender are in the Training Resources on SSR and Gender.

The exercises focus on either one or a number of SSR issues. Some focus on particular gender issues (such as recruitment of women or addressing gender-based violence). Others are on general SSR issues in which skills to integrate gender are needed (such as consultation or project planning). The exercises can therefore be used either in a:

  • Gender and SSR training session, e.g., Police Reform & Gender, Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector & Gender; or

  • SSR training session not explicitly focused on gender.

The exercise formats are not designed to be prescriptive but to spark your creativity as a trainer. We encourage you to adapt them to meet your training objectives, audience, subject matter emphasis, available time and your own needs. You can use the Gender and SSR Toolkit to provide background information on a wide range of gender and SSR-related topics.

The exercises are not designed to be used “in order” or as a “module.” Instead, the Training Resource Package is designed to provide you with a diverse set of exercises that you can combine and adapt to suit the particular needs of your training.

When selecting an exercise, keep in mind:

  • What are your learning objectives? Which exercise best meets these objectives?

  • Who are your trainees? How many are there? Is this exercise appropriate for their level of experience?

  • Does this exercise fit your timeframe?

  • How could you modify the exercise to better fit your learning objectives, trainees and available time?

The exercises are organised into three categories: (1) application-in-context, (2) conceptual and (3) topic-specific.

  • Application-in-context exercises are designed to allow trainees to apply the principles of SSR and gender to their own real world organisations, or to real or simulated cases that are used as learning aids. In general, these exercises are best suited to audiences with broad policy-level responsibilities and experience. However, depending on the subject matter and training needs and objectives, any audience could benefit from participation in these exercise formats. From a pedagogical viewpoint, they are probably the most effective exercises (fastest learning), as the primary goal of each exercise is to allow trainees to explore and internalise key concepts by applying them to their own contexts.

  • Conceptual exercises focus on wider concepts and theories, aiming for a broad understanding of the key message being pursued. These exercises are best suited to audiences with detailed programme-level responsibilities and experience (in order to broaden their perspective), or those with more senior-level policy responsibilities.

  • Topic-specific exercises focus on a particular key point that requires training. These types of exercises would be best suited to an audience that has a specific training need or one composed largely of trainees who are new to the concepts of gender and SSR.

The point of this Training Resource Package is to help you to improve your gender and SSR training while being creative with the materials presented. Used together with the Gender and SSR Toolkit, we hope that it will encourage you to include gender as a key aspect of all your SSR training.