GENDER AWARENESS: refers to a state of knowledge of the differences in roles and relations of women and men, how this results in differences in power relations, statuses, privileges and needs.
GENDER SENSITIVE: when the state of knowledge of the socially constructed differences between men and women, and their needs, is used to identify and understand the problems arising from these differences and to further act tangibly and in empathy with their problems and needs.
GENDER RESPONSIVE: refers to a planning process in which program
and policy actions are developed to deal with and counteract the problems
which are likely to arise if the needs arising out of socially constructed
differences of men and women are not adequately met.
GENDER PERSPECTIVE: often refers to an approach in which the ultimate goal is to create equity and equality between women and men. Such an approach has a set of tools for and guidelines on how to identify the impact of the relations and roles of men and women on development.
GENDER ANALYSIS is a systematic process of identifying the differences in, and examining the related needs of, the roles, statuses, positions and privileges of women and men. This analysis is based on the premise that gender is a critical variable in the development process.
GENDER ISSUES are revealed when relationships between men and women, their roles, privileges, statuses and positions are identified and analysed.