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Gender is an important consideration in development. It is a way of looking at how social norms and power structures impact on the lives and opportunities available to different groups of men and women. Globally, more women than men live in poverty. Women are also less likely than men to receive basic education and to be appointed to a political position nationally and internationally.
Understanding that men and women, boys and girls experience poverty differently and face different barriers in accessing services, economic resources and political opportunities helps to target interventions. According to the World Development Report WDR , gender is defined as socially constructed norms and ideologies which determine the behaviour and actions of men and women.
Compared with men, women control fewer political and economic resources, including land, employment and traditional positions of authority. Acknowledging and incorporating these gender inequalities into programmes and analyses is therefore extremely important, both from a human rights perspective and to maximise impact and socioeconomic development. Gender equality is also important for sustainable peace, and there is a growing body of empirical evidence suggesting that a higher level of gender inequality is associated with higher risks of internal conflict.
World Bank. Markets, institutions, and households play a role in reducing inequality, and globalisation can provide important opportunities. The international community needs to ensure consistent support, improve the availability of gender-disaggregated data, and extend partnerships beyond governments and development agencies. The Women and Development WAD approach emphasised the need for structural changes in the global political economy. The Gender and Development GAD approach followed, focusing on larger inequities and unequal relations. GAD advocates called for a deeper understanding of the socially constructed basis of gender differences and how this impacts on relationships between men and women.
They argued for an improved understanding of power relations and the gendered nature of systems and institutions which impact on the lives of women and men. Rather than incorporating women into the current patriarchal system, GAD advocates argued for the transformation of the system into one characterised by gender equality.
Further, states have continued to call for progress towards gender equality through a of international agreements, regional platforms and conferences. In , states confirmed their commitment to reducing gender inequalities through the United Nations Millennium Declaration. Three indicators were chosen to represent this goal: i the ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education; ii the share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector; and iii the proportion of seats held by women in national parliament.
Gender equality is also essential in order to achieve the other seven MDGs. In the post process to decide what goals, if any, should follow the MDGs, gender has remained a core concern. Some advocates have called for a standalone goal on gender, while others have promoted gender targets within each goal.
In addition, insufficient funds are allocated to ensure that gender equality is an important part of these programmes and policies. Cornwall, A. It argues for a renewed focus on analysing and transforming unequal and unjust power relations. Element 3, Paper 1.
It states that making girls and women visible in development agendas encourages governments and donors to take action. See full text. UN Women. The paper suggests integrating gender equality concerns throughout other goals, and a standalone goal covering three core areas, with associated targets and indicators for each: freedom from violence for women and girls; gender equality in the distribution of capabilities; and gender equality in decision-making power See full text. While high quality data is generally difficult to come by in developing countries, it is even less common that high quality sex-disaggregated data is available.
This makes it difficult to fully understand the experiences of women and men and to ensure that programmes are targeted where they can be most effective. Further, data disaggregated by age is also infrequently available, making it difficult to understand differences between women and girls, and men and boys. Some research and evaluations of development programmes have relied on qualitative data rather than quantitative data. This reliance is criticised by some groups as not being rigorous enough. It is important to acknowledge, however, that gender- and age-disaggregation of data is only the first step.
Data and analysis of the power differentials or underlying causes for these differences is also needed. Ideally, what is required is a mix of quantitative and qualitative data and analysis that presents evidence of what the differences are and why those differences exist. Gender relations are upheld by both informal and formal institutions. Formal institutions economic, political, legal and social include political systems and labour markets.
These two spheres interact with local cultures to determine gender outcomes. Formal institutions can have both intended and unintended negative impacts on women. A policy which requires land titles as a precondition for receiving agricultural credit may have the unintended effect of excluding women because land ownership is generally concentrated among male family members.
Jones, N. This paper finds that discriminatory family codes, son bias, limited resource entitlements, physical insecurity and restricted civil liberties play a role in chronic poverty, specifically that of young women.
Gender dynamics and relations change throughout the course of the lifecycle. Status in the household is often determined by age, marriage, of children, disability, economic resources and educational level attained. Recent research has identified adolescent girls as particularly vulnerable and susceptible to gender-based discrimination including sexual violence, forced and early marriage, dropping out of school and risk of death during childbirth.
Daughters-in-law and unmarried women are also considered to have low status in some cultures as they are seen as outsiders or burdens on the family. Widows and married women who have been abandoned by their husbands may also face stigma and lack of status. Families often choose to invest in boys as the future earners and caretakers of the family. This enables boys to grow up having higher status in the household than girls and better income generating opportunities.
While status generally increases according to age for both men and women, it increases disproportionally for men. Household status determines the roles of different family members. Men are often assumed to be the head of the household and responsible for providing financially for the family, while women and girls are responsible for household chores, such as caring for children, cleaning, fetching water and cooking. Although it is often assumed that households are headed by males, this is not always the case. In situations of conflict, displacement, labour migration or abandonment, female-headed households may be more common.
These are often among the poorest and most vulnerable households. Kabeer, N. It shows that most working women continue to bear a disproportionate burden of domestic responsibility. Esplen, E. It posits that care work should be recognised as important, and that it should not be the sole responsibility of women. It also reviews policies which can increase the value accorded to care work. While not always the case, men are more commonly the he of the household and the breadwinners of the family.
In agricultural societies where women often do most of the work, male family members often own the land and make the agricultural decisions. Women have in some instances been able to find ways of negotiating control over resources and decision making. Women are frequently tasked with budgeting for the household either through resources provided by the husband or through petty trading and agricultural labour.
In some cases, women are seen as household financial managers. In other cases, while women may not control the household income, they adopt various strategies to ensure they can access part of these resources. Apusigah, A. This study focuses on livelihoods-based interests in farm land and non-violent conflict situations in northern Ghana. It argues that the social positioning of women and whether they work on the land or not are important determinants of their livelihood possibilities.
Doss, C. Intrahousehold bargaining and resource allocation in developing countries. The World Bank Research Observer, 28 1 , This article provides an overview of the quantitative literature on intra-household resource allocation, and summarises the main observations and insights relevant to policy-makers. It reviews theoretical models from the last thirty years, and examines different forms of bargaining — between spouses, between parents and children, and between other household members. Unequal power relations do not fall only along gender lines. In addition to gender, individuals can be discriminated against for a of reasons including ethnicity and race, religion, caste, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and geographic location.
When gender intersects with other axes of marginalisation, women are more likely to experience multiple layers of discrimination. In some cases, these other forms of discrimination can be more intense than gender discrimination. An ethnic minority man can be less powerful and more discriminated against than a middle class woman from a majority ethnic group, although a female from this same ethnic minority group could face even greater discrimination. Intersectionality is a tool used to better understand how these discriminations materialise and intersect.
It is based on an understanding that men and women have layered identities which have resulted from social relations, history and power structures. Through a deeper appreciation of multiple identities and consequent patterns of discrimination, more effective responses can be tailored. Chow, E. Volume 15 of Advances in gender research. Emerald Group Publishing. It contextualises experiences of intersectionality and inequality, social exclusion and powerlessness.
It situates these experiences theoretically and provides connecting overviews on how those facing intersectional challenges are the most vulnerable. Hankivsky, O. This paper examines the specific intersectionality of gender with equitable access to health. It examines the difficulties of understanding the different factors which influence access to health. Using an intersectional analysis transforms the understanding of access to healthcare. Gender is not always the most salient or meaningful category, and it may be more beneficial to use an intersectional approach.
This should allow a deeper and more nuanced analysis and policy prescriptions. Watson, C. London: ODI. This Background Note synthesises the of three extensive gender literature reviews exploring the extent to which gender justice for adolescent girls is shaped by formal and informal laws, norms, attitudes and practices that limit them in the attainment and exercise of their capabilities.
It describes the political, social, economic and cultural context in which girls live, and describes the intersectional poverty of being both young and a girl. Like women, men play diverse roles in society, the economy and household. Recent discussions of masculinity have emphasised the need to engage with the structures that sustain gender inequality.
Excluding boys and men from gender analysis reduces the impact interventions can have on gender inequality. Putting the pressure on women as the only agents of change can also be considered an ethical issue, given the of other challenges that poor women are forced to confront. Where men and boys are included in analysis, they are often framed as problems, rather than as positive actors.
For example, unemployment and the structural exclusion of young men has been linked to an increased risk of engagement in violence. Young men in such instances are often perceived as a security threat. In many contexts, however, youth who suffer from exclusion do not get involved in violence and can be positive agents of change.Girls looking for sex Marks Point
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