Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women
Equality between women and men, the elimination of any type of discrimination against women and the promotion of women’s rights are enshrined in a number of international conventions and commitments (CEDAW, the Beijing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals). They are fundamental values for many countries and international organisations around the world. However, despite the advances achieved in gender equality over the last decades, gender gaps still remain
Mainstreaming gender equality in development actions implies addressing gender inequality. It means:
Conducting gender analysis
Highlighting the differences between and amongst women and men, in terms of the relative distribution of resources, opportunities, constraints and power within a given context.
Taking into account the differences
The different priorities, interests and needs of both sexes.
Involving women and men equally
Setting goals and establishing strategies and plans to ensure development objectives are gender-sensitive.
To tackle the existing challenges and support countries to integrate Gender Equality concepts, CAD provides gender sensitive advisory services as well as develops methodologies and tools tailored to the needs of different actors, such as governments, companies or international organisations.
CAD sees gender not only as a core working area, but is also committed to make the gender aspect a cross cutting theme that penetrates all areas. To this end, CAD has created an inter-area gender working group to guarantee the integration of gender sensitivity into all of CAD’s projects. The working group also carries out internal capacity building to train all consultants on gender awareness.