If you have just been appointed the new Gender Focal Point for your office, but don’t know what to do when your boss hands you the latest brief on Food Security, Police Reform, or Democratic Elections, and then asks you to apply a gender perspective to the brief—here’s some help!
A simple tool you can use to apply a gender perspective to whatever policy brief, background document or proposal you are reviewing is to create a chart that helps you identify what gender information you have and don’t have.
1. First, take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle of it.
2. Write at the top of left-hand column “Gender Information I Have” and
3. Write at the top of the right-hand column “Gender Information I Don’t Have.
4. Now divide the column into four rows and write on the left-hand margin,
- Row 1: Legal rights
- Row 2: Decision-making and Participation
- Row 3: Cultural Practice and Beliefs
- Row 4: Access and Control of Resources
Print out this PDF for an example.
Now read your brief, paper or what-have-you and fill in your chart.
You will soon see what information you have about the men, women, boys and girls affected by your policy brief, paper or proposal. And you will see what you need to find out more about.
Knowing how men, women, boys and girls are affected by your strategy for Food Security, Police Reform or Democratic Elections will yield more effective results.
That’s applying a gender perspective!