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GENDER SENSITIVITY

GENDER SENSITIVITY

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GENDER SENSITIVITYI. Definitions: Sex vs. Gender What is sex? Sex, is defined by the gonads either phenotypically or genotypically. It is generally assigned at birth by external genital appearance. Gender on the other hand is identified by one’s own identification as male, female or intersex.Gender may also be based on legal status, social interactions, public persona,experiences. In short, sex is biologically determined, whereas gender is culturallydetermined.Gender sensitivity is the awareness and insight into the state of the other sex,with reference to historical roots of sexist stereotyping, discrimination and violence.Another definition would be the awareness and acceptance of the roles and duties of each, as expected from them and from the people that they work with. Itacknowledges the different roles & responsibilities of women and men in thecommunity and the relationships between them. Men and women are different,therefore their experiences, needs, issues and priorities are different. Strategies arealso different to achieve equitable outcomes for women and men.Global development aims to improve the life of every person, regardless of ability, age, sexual orientation,
 gender 
, race, class or ethnicity.II. Objectives:-To reduce barriers in developing personal and economic success created by sexism-To generate respect for individuals regardless of sex.III. Facts:Gender sensitivity is an integral part of decision making in industrializedcountries where there is a growing number of female headed households, especially inthe urban setting. In less developed countries, these issues are aggravated by cheap,gender insensitive alternatives which cause stress and discomfort especially amongfemales whose needs greatly differ from men.However, Gender Sensitivity is
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about pitting women against men. Aneducation that is gender sensitive benefits members of both sexes.Sexism creates bias and promotes an unjust society. It exists both among menand among women. It does not respect individuals according to their aspirations, potentials or abilities.IV. Issues on Gender SensitivityIV. A. Gender Roles1.Productive – comprises the work done by both women and men for paymentin cash or kind

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