BRIDGE Report 20: What about women: why we need a gender perspective in development policy

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Jan 1993
Since the first UN Decade for Women (1975-85), considerable progress has been made in
redressing gender inequalities in developing countries. There is now wider understanding of the
importance of gender in development policy and practice. However, stark disparities persist -
between men's and women's relative status, access to resources, control of assets and decision
making powers - undermining sustainable and equitable development. Moreover, economic
problems in some countries threaten the achievements of the last two decades. This paper analyses areas such as employment and income, education and health, legislation and political participation.