The causes of gender discrimination pervade different aspects of their lives – social, economic, political, environmental – affecting gender roles and relations in domestic, productive and public domains and from the local to the international level.
Time-bound development projects need to address the cross-cutting and multifaceted nature of gender inequality through multiple entry points.
- promote economic empowerment to enable rural women and men to participate in and benefit from profitable economic activities
- enable women and men to have equal voice and influence in rural institutions and organizations
- achieve a more equitable balance in workloads and in the sharing of economic and social benefits between women and men
The three-pronged approach is used for many purposes, including to: shape the design of country strategies and projects; review the quality of project design; supervise, monitor and evaluate project implementation and results at project completion; structure knowledge sharing between regional divisions; and, apply for and judge the annual IFAD Gender Awards.
The good practice mainly contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 to end poverty, SDG2 to eliminate hunger and SDG5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. It also supports many of the other SDGs owing to its cross-cutting nature.