The concept of GAD stems from the realisation that unless one understands the differences between men and women and the way men and women interact then one cannot work towards ensuring that development instruments achieve the set purpose because one does not have a clear picture of reality.
Having a gender perspective means to be aware that for cultural, class, legal and/or other reasons men and women generally have different roles to fulfil, different access to and control over resources, different needs and priorities and as a result different constraints and opportunities and bargaining power in the way they relate.
These differences between men and women in a household, community and society as a whole vary according to the area and target group considered. It is therefore necessary to check the local reality before designing a development tool such as microfinance and related services.
While the intention of the European Commission is to integrate gender into all development instruments at all stages of the project cycle - referred to as mainstreaming - it does not exclude temporary positive actions in favour of the disadvantaged party to bridge major gender gaps (December 1995 Council Resolution). In general, the disadvantaged party consists of women which is why the focus is on women.
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.
After many suggestions regarding courses and training within Gender and Development, GADN have complied a database encompassing details on gender-related university degrees and other gender training courses available.
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