Gender Dynamics

Defining Terms

Gender Mainstreaming – A dual approach that implies incorporating a gender equality perspective into all policies, at all levels and at all stages, by all actors normally involved in policy-making. Gender mainstreaming also includes developing specific gender policies and programs where necessary.

Empowerment – Empowerment is about women and men taking control over their lives: setting their own agendas, gaining skills, building self-confidence, solving problems and developing self-reliance. Empowerment is not only a collective, social and political process, but also an individual one. Empowerment is an outcome as well.