Gender equality


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 former Department for International Development, now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCOD’s) 2011 Strategic Vision for Women and Girls (opens in a new window), is a key reference for all grant holders.

FCDO recognises that gender equality and the empowerment of women are important goals in their own right.

Our resources
A UK Aid Direct guide to gender equality PDF
A UK Aid Direct guide to gender equality

Understand how and why to consider gender equality across the projects involved, along with the terms used in our guidance.

External resources
(LGBT+) inclusion in international development programming - a checklist PDF
(LGBT+) inclusion in international development programming - a checklist

The suggestions in this checklist are not meant to be comprehensive, though we do recommend completing as many of them as possible.

DFID’s 2018 Strategic Vision for Women and Girls Link
DFID’s 2018 Strategic Vision for Women and Girls

This is DFID’s vision for gender equality. They ask everyone to recognise that if we all act, gender equality will become a lasting reality.

DFID: Violence against women and girls: evidence digest 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).

What Works  Link
What Works

A DFID-funded global research and innovation programme producing evidence on what works to prevent VAWG.

UN: Facts and figures: ending violence against women Link
UN: Facts and figures: ending violence against women

Statistics and data to use in your communications when raising issues on ending VAWG.