gender blindness

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1157

Definition

Gender blindness is the failure to recognise that the roles and responsibilities of women/girls and men/boys are ascribed to, or imposed upon, them in specific social, cultural, economic and political contexts.

Gender-blind projects, programmes, policies and attitudes do not take into account these different roles and diverse needs. They therefore maintain status quo and will not help transform the unequal structure of gender relations.

See also: gender-neutral; gender-sensitive

Source(s)

United Nations Statistics Division – UNSD. Global Gender Statistics Programme. Available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/genderstatmanual/Glossary.ashx

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