Glossary Term

Gender Equality

Gender equality between women and men, refers to the equal enjoyment by women, girls, boys and men of rights, opportunities, resources and rewards. Equality does not mean that women and men are the same but that their enjoyment of rights, opportunities and life changes are not governed or limited by whether they were born female or male. Gender equality refers to women and men having equal: rights: social, economical, political and legal (e.g. right to own land, education, manage property, travel, work, etc) resources: control over productive resources including education, land, information and financial resources voice and agency: power to influence resource allocation and investment decisions in the home, in the community, and at the national level