Ana Rodrigues Afonso


I am passionate about non-formal education and I believe in its key role in people’s empowerment, fulfilment and freedom.
I have 18 years of experience in the international training sector and I have specialised in gender and gender based violence (GBV), self-care and self-compassion.
I believe learning is an holistic process. Deep and lasting learning can only happen by connecting information and experience to the self.

Ana Rodrigues Afonso has 3 references for past work as a trainer.

Ana Rodrigues Afonso

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Current occupation

Gender Consultant, Trainer on Gender Equality and GBV

Work experience

From 2018 till now:
--> Facilitator, trainer and consultant on gender equality and women’s empowerment (Italy)

• Co-founder and co-manager of the women-led Association 100% Me Stessa ETS (100% Myself) based in Cammarata, Sicily:
• Individual and group journeys on self-development and self-esteem.
• Development of trainings, contents and products on women empowerment, gender equality, self-esteem and self-care
• Creation of the self-care set of cards 360°:


From 2011 till now:
--> Trainer and Educational Advisor
Pool of Trainers of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe (

• Trainer and facilitator on the training Non-Formal Education Essentials (May 2022, Strasbourg).
• Trainer and facilitator on the seminar Gender Equality Matters! (June 2016, Strasbourg).
• Educational advisor in international study sessions related to gender equality and women’s rights: A gendered approach to youth homelessness (in progress), Feminists of the world unite!, ESN Gender check-up, The glass ceiling is not your limit, SAGE - Self-assessment tool on gender equality.


February - August 2014:
--> Gender and Project Officer
United Network of Young Peacebuilders (The Netherlands,

• Development of the organisation’s gender strategy (update gender toolkit, creation of practical documents on gender mainstreaming, gender dimension of educational activities).
• Trainer and educational advisor on international training activities with young people on social entrepreneurship and peace advocacy.


––> Trainer, facilitator and project coordinator
Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell’Educazione e lo Sviluppo (Italy,

• Founding member.
• Strategic management of the organisation.
• Trainer with international groups in the field of transversal skills, gender equality, intercultural learning, human rights education and active participation.
• Writing and coordination of international and local projects on the topics listed above.


––> Trainer, facilitator and project coordinator
Centro Sviluppo Creativo ‘Danilo Dolci’ (Italy,

• Maieutic workshops in schools with teachers and students.
• Trainer with international groups in the field of transversal skills, peace and nonviolence, conflict transformation, interculturality and active participation.
• Writing and coordination of international and local projects on the topics listed above.

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Educational pathway

From January 2022:
––> Masters Degree on Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia – UNED (Spain)

• Subjects on gender-based violence and domestic violence: language and oppression, legislation, recovery of victims.


January - December 2021:
––> Mindfulness Training
Positive Psychology (The Netherlands)

• Subjects on mindfulness from a positive psychology perspective: meaning and value of mindfulness, managing emotions, thoughts and judgement as a source of discomfort, how to manage the flow of thoughts, acceptance, how to do guided meditations, meditations and other mindfulness methods.


Adventure therapy training⎢Asociación Experiencia⎢ 3 day workshop facilitated by Martin Ringer y Luk Peeters⎢5-7 Feb 2017, Valencia, Spain --> This training will contribute to my personal development and to improve my competencies to work with groups in change/transformational programmes


October 2016 - January 2017:
––> Specialised training course on gender equality
CIEG-ISCSP Lisbon University (Portugal)

• Theoretical knowledge on gender equality and women’s rights related subjects: construction of difference, gender based violence and domestic violence, Portuguese and international legislation and human’s rights standards, history of the feminist movement, public policies and equality plans.
• Practical skills on developing equality action plans.


September 2015:
Training for trainers (Portuguese official accreditation) B-Training Consulting (Portugal)

• Theoretical and practical training on adult education: communication, motivation, group dynamics, conflicts, presentation of theoretical contents, creation of a training plan, evaluation, among others.


September 2014 - May 2015:
––> Master on outdoor experiential learning
International Academy for Experiential Education (Lithuania, Belgium, Italy)

• Experiential training aimed at personal and professional development in the framework of outdoor experiential education.
• Skills in the design and implementation of outdoor activities.


February - June 2010:
––> Training of trainers for human rights education with young people
Directorate of Youth and Sports of the Council of Europe, European Youth Centre Budapest

• Human rights education related themes: human rights, human rights education, group facilitation.
Competences on human rights education based educational programmes.


October 1998-September 2003:
––> Bachelor Degree in Psychology
University of Lisbon (Portugal)

• Theoretical and practical subjects related to general psychology and systemic psychology.
• Nine month internship at the Family Support Center of the ‘Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa’ where I developed and implemented prevention programmes with youth and families.
• Ability to design educational and prevention programmes.
• Ability to conduct individual psychological assessments and counseling.

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (advanced) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (advanced) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (intermediate) Leadership Development
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (intermediate) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Volunteer Programmes
  • (intermediate) Youth Participation & Initiatives

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (beginner) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (expert) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (advanced) Youth Partnership CoE-COM

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (beginner) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Africa
  • (advanced) Asia
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (advanced) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (advanced) Global Cooperation
  • (advanced) Latin America

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) Italian
  • (fluent) Portuguese
  • (fluent) Spanish

Trainer references

  • Cyber world, our world

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-06-07)
    The training activity took place
    in Palermo, Italy
    organised by CEIPES
    14-21 September 2013
  • Think Big, Start Small

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-05-23)
    The training activity took place
    in Lagos, Nigeria
    organised by UNOY Peacebuilders
    6-12 April 2014
  • YOU.CO.DE Young community developers

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-01-22)
    The training activity took place
    in Palermo, Italy
    organised by CEIPES
    11-19 April 2016

This profile was last modified on 2022-09-21

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