Gender mainstreaming: recognising and building on progress. Views from the UK Gender and Development Network

Gender mainstreaming: recognising and building on progress. Views from the UK Gender and Development Network
17 pages

Authors
Derbyshire, Helen

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 20 Issue 3

Publication date
07 Nov 2012

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2012.731750

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

This article is a contribution to the debate on whether to mainstream gender, and how to mainstream gender, from the UK Gender and Development Network (GADN) Gender Mainstreaming Working Group. It draws on nine case studies of gender mainstreaming in the UK-based offices of international non-government organisations, and finds a complex but generally positive picture of progress. It concludes that the case for gender mainstreaming remains valid. Women’s projects on their own are limited in their ability to bring about fundamental change for women - complementary gender mainstreaming efforts are required to ensure that all development spending takes women’s rights and gender equality into account. Success in gender mainstreaming depends on the skills, resources, and influence of internal gender advocates, in combination with the effect of external influences on the enabling environment of the organisation. Gender mainstreaming is a long-term process which requires time, resources, skill, and persistence - but there is clear evidence of positive change.

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