Purpose of the toolkit and the intended audience
This toolkit provides guidelines for the use of gender-sensitive language in writing. Although it provides tips and examples for the English language, the underlying principles for gender-sensitive writing are universal and remain relevant when using other languages.
Key objectives of the toolkit
raise awareness about the importance of gender-sensitive language;
provide practical examples of what gender-biased and gender-discriminatory communication is and how to avoid it;
provide practical tools and advice for policymakers and all those involved in the drafting of documents for the public so that these texts are gender-sensitive and inclusive for all members of the society;
provide useful checklists and examples for users.
The toolkit can support a broad audience of international English speakers; however, it focusses on policymakers, policy advisors, legislators, media, writers and editors involved in the process of drafting policy.
While we acknowledge that language should aim to be inclusive and reflect all members of society by acknowledging concepts such as age, ethnicity or nationality, this particular toolkit focusses on the gender dimension of language.