gender perspictive on development-a thought

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. She wrote in her book “ The second sex”  “….one is not born rather becomes a woman …it  is the civilization as a whole that produces this creature intermediate between male and eunuch, which is described as feminine “

 Though there is no denying that women constitute nearly half of the world’s population, however, they own only about 6%of the world’s wealth. What seems to escape our minds while dividing the fruits of development or we choose to forget about women’s participation; whose time, energy, effort, and skills are involved in every aspect of a developmental process though she may or may not be directly involved.In many cases, gender is seen closely related to the roles and status given to men and women in the society based on their sexual differences.

 Gender inequality is a form of inequality distinct from any type of social and economic inequality nonetheless gender inequality form the basis of all societal evils.

Much of the ideas of feminism and women in development, formed during/in the UN, the decade of women (1976-85)” equality, development, and peace” was the slogan at the international women’s year conference held in Mexico City in 1975.

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