Gender and Development (GAD) is concerned with women and her specific roles, responsibilities and expectations in the society. It also analyzes the nature of women’s contribution within the context of work done both inside and outside the household and reflects the public/private dichotomy that undervalues the work done by women in the home.

GAD focuses on the principle that development is for all. Everyone in society, female or male, has the right to equal opportunities to achieve a full and satisfying life.

Gender refers to the specific set of characteristics that identifies the social behavior of women and men and the relationship between them. Gender alludes not simply to women or men but the relationship between them and the way it is socially constructed. Since gender biases exist and these biases prevent people from attaining their full potentials, development is impeded.

  • Not a war of the sexes
  • Not anti-Male
  • Both women and men are victims although women more than men.
  • Both have a stake in the struggle for gender equality


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