What is mentoring?

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Mentoring exists in different forms and in different arenas. Mentoring can be both formal and informal. Different mentoring models can have different levels of power, structure and purposes.

To understand the framework for this gender-specific mentoring model and in order to explore the operational and organisational processes, we will assign a specific definition of peer mentoring to this toolkit.

“A relationship in which a female peer supports a fellow female peer in making changes they want to make through woman-centred, holistic and structured support.”

The key words in this definition are female, peer, woman-centred, holistic and structured.
Removing one or more of these aspects is possible as not all models may be peer-led.

Regardless of the model used in your service, it is still possible to apply the elements of a gender-specific approach.