How to promote Gender mainstreaming?


Gender Mainstreaming is the process of assessing the implications for Women and Men for any planned action, including legislation, policies or programs in any area and at all levels. It is a strategy for making Women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies or programmes in all political, economic and social spheres such that inequality between women and men is not perpetuated. After going through the above statement or the definition one can easily point out the misperception prevailed in our society. We thought that when we talk about Gender Mainstreaming it refers towards the female oriented issues or in other words just restricted to the empowerment of women.

Gender refers to the socially constructed roles and relationships, attitudes behaviours, values relative power etc. Gender is relational and refers not simply to women and men but to the relationship between them. In many societies the perception of women empowerment may have some authenticity because in those societies men already enjoys the benefits of Gender Mainstreaming as there is no other Gender to share the enjoyment  or if there is some sharing elements then they are not in a high number as to maintain equality. Gender equality has been recognized as a human right since the establishment of the United Nations but if we named one creator of such idea then that is no one else but our Holy book of Quran, which is infact a complete code of life.

This is not an assumption but a reality and this reality clearly seen in underdeveloped societies where women are treated as inferior creature. If we have a look of the several sectors of society like education, health, employment and many other women rights are being exploit there as well. Women are participating in politics and also have a reach to the decision and policy makers but they are not the part of the process. There are many other exploitation to be observed and discuss but can in such type of atmosphere “Gender Mainstreaming” can be flourished. Ofcourse it is even difficult to talk about that in such situation, so Gender equality should be there in society that describes the concept that all human beings both women and men are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid Gender roles or prejudices and this Gender equality can surely be path towards the Gender Mainstreaming and Ofcourse to practice it.

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