Taking a gender perspective means taking into account gender-based differences when looking at any social phenomenon, policy or process. The gender perspective focuses particularly on gender-based differences in status and power, and considers how such discrimination shapes the immediate needs, as well as the long-term interests, of women and men. In a policy context, taking a gender perspective is a strategy for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated.
Swiss Center of Expertise in Human Rights – SCHR. Women’s Human Rights’ App. Based on ECOSOC 1997. Available at: http://www.womenshumanrigjhts.ch/overview.html