The Women in Development (WID) Approach to Gender Equality

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The Women in Development (WID) Approach to Gender Equality
Most policy makers, academics, and institutional leaders agree that women should play a fundamental role in the development of policies, programs and projects concerned with both the education of poverty and the advancement of social and political improvements in people’s lives (Pearson 384). As such, the world has witnessed four World UN Conferences on Women in the past four decades; broad legislation, such as the CEDAW, aimed to eliminate discrimination among women and for ensuring that their interests and needs are reflected among the whole scope of development issues; and the implementation of major international development conferences aimed at incorporating the voices of...
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.....th women’s practical gender needs instead of challenging existing gender roles. This type approach does more harm in the attempt to achieve equality in gender relations in development. Gender mainstreaming, for example, a WID concept is the concept of applying gender analysis to all aspects of development, rather than just to women and women’s issues. The effect of this practice has been the development of anti-poverty strategies which focuses of poor women. However, mainstreaming goes against equalizing and analyzing “gender” issues in that it generally and more commonly emphasized only women’s issues. Thus, it is important to de-associate the concept of gender with women and concentrate in involving the perspectives of both men and women.