Gender

“Women and men should have the means and freedoms to achieve their rights, including being able to choose and use technologies that assist them in leading the kind of life they value.”

 
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10 things to know: Gender equality and achieving climate goals

This report draws out the headline messages of a research project by Practical Action Consulting (PAC) with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), commissioned by CDKN, to investigate...

 
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A Theory of Change on Gender Equality & Women's and Girls' Empowerment

This theory of change articulates a vision for gender equality and explains the relationship between gender equality, achieving empowerment and securing women's and girls' rights. It...

 
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Gender Policy

Practical Action believes that everyone, irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity or ability, has basic human rights, including access to an adequate standard of living, health and...

 

Agenda for Change

Women and girls do not enjoy the same status, power or access to and control over resources as men and boys and the benefits and costs of science and technology are not equally shared by women and men. Practical Action is working to improve women and girls’ voice, choice and control in all of the work we deliver.

Woman selling goods on the street
A woman prepares food for sale at the
market in Bangladesh

Practical Action is committed to:

  • ensuring equitable access to technology for all women and men,
  • advancing gender equality
  • improving monitoring and evaluation to better understand and target gender issues in our work

We will deliver this through our programmes, knowledge sharing, advocacy and communications. We partner with other organisations, institutions and civil society to collaboratively share learning, knowledge, best practice and deliver inclusive projects.

We are working to ensure that all our project and programme monitoring and evaluations disaggregate indicators by gender and evaluate gender issues in all of our work. And we are working to greater understanding of the different technological needs of women and men through implementation of special projects and activities.

 

Goals for Policy and Practice

  • challenging the existing situation, where appropriate, by promoting policies and institutions that recognise the differing practical and strategic needs
  • supporting approaches to ensure the voices of marginalised groups, including women, are heard in policy and regulatory or institutional debates
  • Informing the practice of others in our key goal areas to promote the inclusion and empowerment of women, men, girls and boys and addressing the differentiated needs of each

Flagship Projects

hibiscus farming in Sudan

Hibiscus farming and participatory markets

 
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Gender Equality and Climate Compatible Development

woman cooking with clean cookstove

Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves

South Asia
 

Gender blog posts

  • Inspired by the Commission on the Status of Women
    Women are agents of development. Realising gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not only a goal in itself but can lead to progress across all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. This year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) stressed this and welcomed commitments to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls as per the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. More than 8,100 individuals represented over 180 countries at the event, which took place at the United Nations […]
  • Contributing to the elaboration of the National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change in Peru
    One of the most important outcomes of the COP20 in Peru last year was the development of the Lima Work Program on Gender and Climate Change which establishes a plan of activities to promote gender sensitivity in climate change policy and practice. Inspired by diverse discussions around gender at the 2014 COP, the Government of Peru took the ambitious decision to develop a National Plan of Action on Gender and Climate Change (PAGCC); a unique effort among South American countries. […]
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