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Philippine Commission on Women defined Gender and Development as the development outlook and process that participates and empowers, sustains, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials.

How Gender and Development started?

Gender and Development was developed in the 1980’s as an alternative to the Women in Development approach.

GAD applies gender analysis to uncover the ways in which men and women work together. It also explains the way a society assigns roles, responsibilities, and expectations to both men and women.

GAD is focusing primarily on two major frameworks, Gender Roles and Social Relations Analysis. First of all, gender role focus on social construction of identities within the household. Furthermore, t reveals the expectations from ‘maleness and femaleness’ in their relative access to resources. On the other hand, social relations analysis exposes the social dimensions of hierarchical power relations embedded in social institutions. As a result, it also determines influence on ‘the relative position of men and women in society. Due to an attempt to create gender equality, GAD policies aim to redefine traditional gender role expectations.

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