Benefits are the economic, social, political and psychological returns from the utilisation of resources, including the satisfaction of both practical needs (food, housing, etc.) and strategic interests (education and training, political power, etc.).
Based on UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women. Glossary of Gender-Related Terms and Concepts. Available at: http://unamid.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=11012&language=en-US