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A Gender Lens: for Inclusive Philanthropy

Applying a Gender Lens….

Think lens, think glasses. Glasses correct limitations of vision and enable clearer sight.

And so it is with a gender lens. A gender lens helps us to see clearly the role gender plays in shaping our male and female lives, work, experiences and choices.

In 2009, we produced a booklet called A Gender Lens: for Inclusive Philanthropy.


“We are beginning to disaggregate by gender the data we collect on our programs, to measure how well our work is helping improve women’s health, income, and access to education and food. We’re starting to design programs with the needs of women in mind – by hiring more women as extension workers to reach women farmers, or women health educators to improve our outreach to women and girls.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton, American Secretary of State, in a speech delivered at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economcs in Washington, D.C. 6 January 2010

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so that in this lifetime we will be:

  • equally paid for the same work
  • safe on the streets and in our homes
  • equally represented in our parliament and leadership positions
  • in charge of our own bodies