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Gender & Development  is the only journal in the world to focus on international gender and development issues. It is a forum for all involved in development initiatives: policy-makers and practitioners, researchers both inside and outside academia, and activists.

Addressing multiple dimensions of gender inequality: the experience of the BRAC Gender Quality Action Learning (GQAL) programme in Bangladesh

Addressing multiple dimensions of gender inequality: the experience of the BRAC Gender Quality Action Learning (GQAL) programme in Bangladesh
13 pages

Authors
Hafiza, Sheepa
Kamruzzaman, Mohammed
Begum, Hasne Ara

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 23 Issue 2 Inequalities

Publication date
31 Jul 2015

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2015.1054212

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

Recent analyses have highlighted that poverty reduction in Bangladesh has been accompanied by growing inequality in society, measured by household income. This article considers what the implications are for development actors who are concerned with empowering the poor in society, and who understand poverty from a gender and women’s rights perspective. We draw on experience from BRAC’s work to address these issues, focusing on the Gender Quality Action Learning (GQAL) programme. A focus on women’s self-employment alone does not result in challenging the structures of patriarchal inequalities. Gender inequality and its link to economic inequality needs to be much more centrally positioned than it currently is in development discourse. Currently economic empowerment is widely seen as a potential route to gender equality, but the GQAL programme shows work to challenge gender inequality is necessary as an entry-point to ensure effective economic empowerment. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.

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