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Poverty and Development

Poverty and Development (3rd edn)

Tim Allen and Alan Thomas
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date: 17 July 2024

p. 39418. Rethinking Gender Matters in Developmentlocked

p. 39418. Rethinking Gender Matters in Developmentlocked

  • Charlotte Brown
  •  and Ruth Pearson


This chapter evaluates how gender analysis can be applied to development, in both understanding the context in which it takes place and assessing development policies. The twenty-first century marked the rhetorical acceptance and embrace of gender analysis with a continued emphasis on women's rights and practical interests. However, it is important not to see efforts to meet practical gendered interests in opposition to efforts to challenge existing gender roles. A twin-track effort is necessary to meet the challenges of gendered experiences of poverty while also ensuring broader application of gender analysis addressing strategic gender interests and analysing the causes of gender inequality in order to address the uneven nature of progress towards gender equality. Recent years have highlighted a number of new areas of foci for political activism: gender inequality and abuse within organizations and across development practices; resurgence of conservative views on gender roles; and fluid gender roles.

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