Gender   Sensitivity   Program

Gender Sensitivity Program

Gender is a critical factor that determines an individual’s role and status. Because women and men have different roles and utilize the resources of their environment differently, development and environmental programs affect women and men differently. The common assumption is that the whole household or community will benefit equally from such programs, but this is rarely the case. Different people have different roles and status in a household and in a community, which can favour or hinder their capacity to access information, obtain new opportunities, and make decisions. Hence, the needs and interests of women and men are different, but both are important to consider in a program in order to address development and contribute to the improvement of people’s wellbeing. Thus, it is important to develop Gender Sensitivity Programs and monitor their impacts with methodologies and gender sensitive indicators.

Gender Sensitivity Program at DRSIS recognizes that women’s role is as important as men’s in addressing environmental and development issues. It acknowledges that, because they have different roles, women and men may have different needs, which must be addressed in order to achieve sustainable development. The gender perspective is not only relevant to projects where women are the principal target group, it must be mainstreamed in all environmental and development programs. This program is initiated for the students of Grade VI to Grade XII to help them reflect such issues in society and to become contributing individuals having respect for all genders.