Gender Understanding for Peacebuilding

Development & Gender
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Gender Analysis & Gaps:

A glimpse might make both look as highly complicated matters despite being quite simple and not hard to fathom at all.

Gender Gaps fall into 2 types:

-Quantitative: where differences in percentages between men and women are measured. For instance, in 2010, the workforce was comprised of 13% of women only, a much less number than men’s, stating a quantitative gender gap.

-Qualitative: differences in empowerment levels; e.g. rights, customs and traditions, etc. which assign rights to either men or women. For example, the distinctiveness in laws where some provide men with more rights than women; thus, stating a qualitative gender gap. 

Is it enough to recognize gender gaps to realize what caused them?

It is not enough, certainly. All hidden seams behind the percentages must be analyzed to know what the reasons leading to these differences are, and to know how to overcome them; hence, starting to work on gender analysis.

  • Why is it that in governmental offices which have kindergartens or childcare centers are only dedicated for the sons and daughters of female workers, not male workers?

Simply put, taking care of children is still considered a parental role only for women even if they are employees; a distinguishment between men and women is not in favor men.

  • Why is it that men get more loans than women do?

Men have more properties that can be held as collateral, while women do not have much of this advantage.

All these information discussed herein are excessively summarized. The main aim is to see gender and relevant matters are changeable. This land can only rise with the help of both its men and women. Hence, a call for equality between men and women is set forth for seeking justice for this land.