SAFER Training Programme (English)

Life Skills Theoretical Background – Introducing Life Skills

According to Wilson (2003), the term “gender” refers to a social construct which is considered difficult to access and address, since it differentiates from the biological meaning of sex which can be measured statistically. On the other hand, gender has more subtle distinctions referring to male and female roles, whereas the discrimination and Gender Based Violence are uncovered topics in the literature.

Life skills are defined as psychological abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life by the World Health Organization. The subject varies greatly depending on social norms and community expectations but skills that function for well-being and aid individuals to develop into active and productive members of their communities are considered as life skills.


UNICEF listed similar skills and related categories in its 2012 report (United Nations Children’s fund 2012).