PEER Global Environment Foundation, Inc.

 

Sustainable Community-Empowered Transformation



Gender Sensitive Strategies


“Advancing women’s rights is the great unfinished business of the 21st century”

--- Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

 

Gender is an important socially constructed element playing a crucial role in the implementation of almost all PEER Global designed program activities. We acknowledge and understand the critical role gender has on the socioeconomic contexts’ of every developed and developing nation in the world and thus, we believe it is imperative to integrate gender dynamics (gender roles, norms, trends, etc.) at every stage-planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all sustainability and economic development programs.

 

In many countries, women do not stand on an equal ground against their male counterparts. Socioeconomic indicators tend to depict a rather unfavorable reality for women when compared with men. The Gender Inequality Index (GII) developed by UNDP reflects women’s disadvantages in three dimensions- reproductive health, empowerment and labor market. According to the UNDP, the index shows the loss in human development due to inequality between female and male achievements in those dimensions. The score ranges from 0, which indicates that women and men stand equally, to 1, which indicates that women fare as poorly as possible in all dimensions.  Haiti’s GII score for Haiti is 0.592 meaning that gender inequality is greater than 122 countries in the world. UNDP in their 2012 report has indexed and ranked about 122 countries in the world. In no particular order, countries with indices in the 0.5 range are Haiti, Guatemala, Cambodia and Pakistan, Kenya, Afghanistan and Liberia, to name a few.

 

With respect to food security, which is a major focus area for PEER Global, the underlying causes of food insecurity in rural/developing regions of the world are: restricted economic access (not availability) of food to households, limited national food production capacity, dependency on food imports, geographical vulnerability to natural disasters, socio-political instability, violence and insecurity in urban areas, high rates of illiteracy, high rates of unemployment and environmental impacts. For example, some environments have been degraded by agricultural and other livelihood practices that cause erosion and impact water quality. While extensive documentation is available on those damaging practices and their effects, very little attention has been given to the use of these practices in terms of gender, and the potential effect of gender on environmental impacts. In many rural, developing and underdeveloped regions of the world, diminishing supplies of potable water and fuel wood are disproportionately felt by women.

 

Traditionally, women do most of the seeding, planting weeding, harvesting and bulking for the agricultural sector. As the head of a majority of the urban households, they are the primary caregivers of children and that includes tending to educational and medical needs. Traditional gender dynamics tend to place women in supportive roles and men in the leadership roles. With this to consider, The Foundation’s programmatic approaches will always be gender sensitive ensuring gender equity.

 

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