Gender and Development: Issues and Implications

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Gender and Development: Issues and Implications

N. Santosh Ranganath
Faculty Member
Department of Commerce & Management Studies,
Dr. B.R.Ambedkar University, Srikakulam.

The ‘women and development’ approach is introduced and focused on the relationship between capitalism and patriarchy which considered to be the women will be subordinated to men as long as capitalism is the dominant economic system. Critics of this perspective say it fails to address differences in the inequalities experienced by different communities of women, and does not recognize the fact that patriarchy exists in communist societies as well as in capitalist ones. Next, the ‘gender and development’ perspective is introduced as a holistic analytical tool that can be used to provide an overview of the realities of development. Associated with ‘women for a new era’, GAD sought to dismantle notions about what is considered masculine or feminine, as well as the power dynamics that result from these assumptions. The’ effectiveness’ approach is also introduced and related to the WID approach in its quest to shed light on the vital role women play in production.

The recent ‘mainstreaming gender equality’ initiative is also presented, and its intention to put gender at the forefront of all social policy, including that of development, is explained. The relationship between poverty and gender is made explicit throughout and this connection is attributed to factors such as unequal access to education and property rights.

One of the main issues in regard to the service sector is the variety of activities that are encompassed by that term. Thus the effect of liberalization on, for example, financial services, will be quite different for women who may be primarily affected as consumers than the liberalization of other industries within that sector which may affect women also as workers.

Many of the concerns over the possible effect of trade liberalization on women have...
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