Classification framework for gender responsiveness of policies and programmes
Policies and programmes that are:
- privilege men over women or vice versa;
- have clear and undisguised inequalities; and/or
- deny women's rights or gives men rights and opportunities that women do not have (or vice versa);
- Ignore gender norms;
- are blind to differences in allocation of roles and resources;
- are not intentionally discriminatory but reinforce gender-based discrimination; and/or
- often ignore the lack of opportunities/discrimination that underpins what appears to be fair practice;
- consider and acknowledge gender norms, roles and inequalities but take no action to address them; and/or
- are similar to gender aware (awareness of the issue), which does not necessarily mean that something is then done about it;
- recognize differences in gender roles, responsibilities and access to resources, and take account of these when designing interventions; and/or;
- do not try to change the underlying causes of these differences;
- recognize differences in gender roles, norms and access to resources; and/or
- actively try to change these, to promote gender equality.
This framework is part of a WHO headquarters training manual.