SO/GIE/SC training

Are you aware of your biases about other people’s sexual orientation or gender identity? Do you know how to be truly inclusive? Hivos’ online training will help you and your organization address these questions.

The idea for developing a course on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SO/GIE/SC) came up in our Right Here Right Now consortium. Members needed practical guidance and materials to build their capacity in programs about diversity and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In particular, they wanted to increase the participation and engagement of young LGBTI people within their programs.

Concrete tools and exercises

The training uses concrete tools and exercises that help you thoroughly consider issues important to sexual, gender and sex minorities. But you can use it with a diverse group of people who either do, or do not, identify as part of a sexual, gender or sex minority.

Inclusive programming and advocacy

The training helps improve inclusive programming and advocacy and specifically looks at issues that come into play when we talk about young people, their sexual health and rights, and SO/GIE/SC. It can also be used to develop countermeasures against discrimination and violence towards sexual minorities.

The materials consist of downloadable components including a facilitator’s manual, PowerPoint slides for each of the seven modules, work sheets and handouts for the exercises, and a glossary of terms used.

Conditions of use

Before you download the SO/GIE/SC training, you will need to answer a few questions on a short form so we can see who is using our course and how.

Our materials are published under a Creative Commons License, so they are free for all non-profit organizations. If you use them for commercial purposes, you will have to inform us so we can agree on a fair price through the form below or email.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about or feedback on the training. We can also help you find a trainer, if needed. You can reach us at

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