Gender mainstreaming in enterprise development: starting to adequately address the needs of the majority of the world's poor
In the 21st century gender mainstreaming can no longer be dismissed as a marginal ‘feminist’ concern. Significant change in gender inequality is possible - often benefiting men as well as women and children. But all enterprise interventions should stop treating male needs and interests as ‘the norm’, and to give equal attention and resources to women who are the majority of the poor, and key actors in wealth creation.
Gender mainstreaming in value chain development: Experience with Gender Action Learning System in Uganda
There is an emerging consensus that promoting gender justice in value chain development is not only a rights issue for women, but makes ‘business sense’ for households, enterprises, and ultimately the national economy. This article discusses experiences using a community-led methodology, Gender Action Learning System (GALS), with producers and traders of coffee, maize, fruits (avocados, pineapples, and passion fruit), and beans in Kasese District, Western Uganda. This community-led value chain development methodology has brought about profound changes for significant numbers of people in a relatively short period of time, on sensitive and potentially conflictual issues such as gender-based violence and land ownership as well as decision-making, division of labour, and women's access to health and education. These changes have taken place with the full support of many men who have become enthusiastic promoters of gender equality as part of their own vision of happiness and social justice. Addressing gender inequalities at all levels of the chain forms a ‘win-win strategy’ which has increased incomes and contributed to upgrading whole value chains and developing the local economy.