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.

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