gender needs of women



The term ‘gender needs’ refers to two types of needs usually identified in a given society, namely practical gender needs and strategic gender needs. Addressing the practical gender needs of women alone – often related to women’s domestic tasks and concerned with inadequate living conditions – perpetuates the factors which keep women in a disadvantaged position compared to men. Needs related to women’s empowerment are strategic needs that are required to overcome the subordinate position of women.

See also: strategic gender needs of women (SGNs); practical gender needs of women (PGNs)


European Union (2005), Glossary of Gender and Development Terms, in Toolkit on Mainstreaming Gender Equality in EC Development Cooperation (Chapter 1, section 3). Available at:

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