Describe the Nature and Consequences of Male Bias in Development Projects
Gender analysis is a valuable descriptive and diagnostic tool for development planners and crucial to gender mainstreaming efforts.
An amazing statistic is that during the 80s 17% of total doctors in the USA were women! The estimates show that women are only paid about 70% of the wages paid to men for comparable work. Unfortunately, sex stereotyping in the workplace still occurs and men get the higher paying jobs. Men have access to higher paid jobs probably because they have been working far longer than women, who only started to work outside the household in the past 30 or so years and another reason may be motherhood. It still happens to date, when a man and woman with the same experience and academic qualifications are interviewed for a job position, the man has many more chances to get the job because the human resources person knows that the woman might soon start a family and that work will become her second priority and family the first.
Women need not be seen as victims, but their capacities as social actors who are capable of affecting change should be acknowledged and their voices should be a part of the dialogue for an inclusive and gendered development agenda (Peet, Richard and Hartwick, Elaine, 2009). This approach looks at women’s real problem as the imbalance of power between men and women and focuses on both women’s practical as well as strategic gender needs by challenging existing divisions of labour and power relations. Thus, gendering the development agenda uses a gender lens to formulate development and shape policy, taking into account the significance of gender relations as an organising dimension within households, communities and public policies, and the implications of the universal practice of placing women in an inferior position as compared to men.
The relation between language and gender is not a simple straightforward mapping of linguistic form to social meaning of gender. Rather the relation of language to gender is constituted and mediated by the relation of language to stance, social acts, social activities, and other social constructs. They may expect prior knowledge or inferences about the author's sex to affect the evaluation of a piece of student writing, but they should also expect them to do so in no across-the-board manner--as with simple anti-female bias--but rather depending upon the sex and educational status of the evaluator, upon the critical task assumed by the evaluator, upon the presence of other evaluators, upon the contiguity of other pieces read before, and no doubt upon many other factors and contexts.
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Peet, Richard and Hartwick, Elaine (2009), Theories of Development: Contentions, Arguments, Alternatives, [Second Edition], The Guilford Press, New York and London, pp240-274
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