Gender equality means ensuring that the projects funded under UK Aid Direct properly respond to the specific needs of women, boys, girls, men and people of third gender.
It is important to recognise the differences in the needs, perceptions, behaviours, responses, opportunities, barriers, and the priorities of each gender.
Addressing gender is an essential part of addressing poverty, inequality and vulnerability. Understanding the implications of this will help you to deliver a project which better meets the needs of people of all genders.
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID’s) 2011 Strategic Vision for Women and Girls is a key reference for all grant holders. DFID recognises that gender equality and the empowerment of women are important goals in their own right.
- Download A UK Aid Direct guide to gender equality Understand the terms used in relation to gender. Know why and how gender equality should be considered at all stages in the project cycle and understand that gender equality also needs to be considered as an issue across the organisations involved in the fund.
- Download Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ (LGBT+) inclusion in international development programming - a checklist This checklist was originally developed by DFID to support UK Aid Connect proposals. The suggestions in the attached document are a starting point. They are not meant to be comprehensive, though we do recommend completing as many of them as possible. Even if you don’t think your programme is immediately relevant, there are very likely to be simple steps to take to ensure LGBT+ communities are included.
- Link DFID’s 2018 Strategic Vision for Women and Girls This is DFID’s vision for gender equality. They ask everyone to recognise that we all need to act if gender equality is to become a lasting reality. If we succeed, girls, women, men and boys across the globe will be equal, empowered and safe – and countries will enjoy lasting prosperity, peace and stability.
- Link DFID: Violence against women and girls: evidence digest A selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG) from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).
- Link What Works What Works is a DFID-funded global research and innovation programme producing evidence on what works to prevent violence against women and girls.
- Link UN: Facts and figures: ending violence against women Statistics and data to use in your communications when raising issues on ending violence against women and girls.