Gender in Development Organisations

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Caroline Sweetman
Oxfam, Jan 1, 1997 - Social Science - 72 pages
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Over the past decade, organizations working on development issues have taken an increasing interest in women's needs and rights. But working on promoting awareness of women's marginalization demands more than an equal opportunities policy. This book draws together the experience of organizations working to promote women's full participation in the development process, looking at the obstacles that stand in the way.

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Page 60 - Knowledge — as measured by two educational stock variables: adult literacy and mean years of schooling. The measure of educational achievement is adjusted by...
Page 60 - Standard of living is measured by purchasing power, based on real GDP per capita adjusted for the local cost of living (purchasing power parity, or PPP).
Page 60 - A decent living standard is measured by multiples of the poverty level in which 'the higher the income relative to the poverty level, the more sharply the diminishing returns affect the contribution of income to human development' (UNDP 1991 , Technical Note 2).
Page 25 - The issues raised regarding marriage and family life pose a dilemma. On the one hand, the lack of time and space in BRAC field offices for people's personal lives imposes great tensions on both married and single women. Married women face acute problems in juggling their dual public and private obligations. Single women are stigmatised because of the nature of the work that they do, and are considered to be unmarriageable.
Page 60 - HDI offers an alternative to GNP for measuring the relative socioeconomic progress of nations. It enables people and their governments to evaluate progress over time — and to determine priorities for policy intervention. It also permits instructive comparisons of the experiences in different countries.
Page 19 - Men are able to travel long distances alone, they are able to live with strangers in office accommodation without their physical integrity and security coming under threat, or their personal honour being damaged. Men are able to eat in public and relieve themselves in public without criticism. Men may also find it easier than women to establish a clear division between private space and public space, as they often do not have responsibilities for child care and for domestic work.
Page 24 - There is no written rule about menstruation but women would tell me they were sick and I'd say, "OK, don't go to the field", and it was implicit that it was menstruation. To be honest, I have never uttered this word from my mouth, and this is the first time I have ever spoken directly to a woman about it.
Page 21 - My husband ... had no idea what BRAC work involves. Over the last five months (since the wedding) we have spent 14 days together. Over the last month he wrote to me four times and I never wrote once. In his last letter he wrote: "I think you don't need me for your life".
Page 21 - Not long after I joined, my husband came to visit me but my colleagues were rude. They didn't talk to him, and looked at him like he was a stranger ... he felt insulted and said he wouldn't come again. He isn't happy about this job because it is so timeconsuming.
Page 3 - Tensions which exist between very different constituencies in development are more easily addressed if there is clarity on the fact that we do not all mean the same thing when we speak of 'doing gender'.

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Caroline Sweetman is Editor of the international journal Gender & Development and works for Oxfam GB.

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