When the Picture Does Not Fit the Frame

Ashraf Zahedi

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI:
When the Picture Does Not Fit the Frame

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This chapter takes a daring step by questioning the merits of “gender mainstreaming” in Afghan development policy. Gender mainstreaming has been adopted and implemented throughout the world, and evolves out of the previous policy approaches. It also relies on gender specialists operating in institutions and organizations to evaluate each policy and legislation for its impact on men and women, monitor implementation of gender mainstreaming, and promote gender equality as an achievable goal. Instead of prioritizing gender mainstreaming as the main strategy for gender equality in Afghanistan, it is better to use multiple strategies and policy approaches. Awareness, choice, and access to resources are crucial for empowerment. The cited examples illustrate that most men do support women's causes. Policy approaches, including gender mainstreaming, are merely the means to achieve the goal of gender equality.

Keywords: gender mainstreaming; Afghan development policy; legislation; gender equality; Afghanistan; empowerment

Chapter.  4620 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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