Development is not just about offering the opportunity of a livelihood and access to basic social services: it is also concerned with creating an environment where people can realise their rights and participate meaningfully in society.
Women have a central role to play in development processes, but their particular needs and rights are often not reflected in development policies and practices. Very often, policy-makers overlook key issues such as women’s right to own and inherit property, female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, access to reproductive health, the freedom to decide on the number and spacing of children, and equal representation in government and other decision-making bodies.
Handbook on concepts and methods for mainstreaming gender equality: part of EU Toolkit on Mainstreaming Gender in development cooperation:
MainstreamIng Gender in Development Cooperation - EC (2011)