Gender and development topic guide published

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.

This comprehensive 129-page guide introduces some of the best recent literature on a range of gender issues and highlights major critical debates. It is intended primarily as a reference for policymakers and highlights practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies. This publication is one in a series of topic guides published by the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) led by IDD addressing a wide range of development issues.

Funding for this topic guide was provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and it was produced in collaboration with Social Development Direct.

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