2.2 Gender-Specific Sources of Information

The realization of Promotion of women within projects was, in the past, often frustrated by rather superficial analyses of the starting parameters, usually based on stereotypical Western conceptions of families, or by assessments of the situation and problems of women from a Western perspective. Inadequate information about the real state of affairs led to false assumptions as to the underlying causes of the status of women.
Knowledge and insight into the state-specific situation of women are prerequisites for successful womens' promotion, because inadequate consideration of existing social and familial structures makes the realization of project aims more difficult if not impossible.
Thus measures should only be conceived once adequate knowledge has been gathered concerning gender roles or rather the needs, interests, and constraints of both genders within the scope of the project (e.g. gender-specific responsibilities, decision-making competencies, and spheres of control, household and family structures, gender-specific access to land, means of production and property, as well as factors related to ethnicity and religion).
By utilizing the following procedures, information deficits can be reduced, thus ensuring a better foundation for planning and action:
commissioning female experts and consultant to conduct gender-specific studies on the country-specific status of women;
analyzing the experience accumulated through project work with regard to factors which could hinder or assist the advancement of women;
Dialogue with partner organizations engaged in promotion of women, so that their information regarding the status of women and their experience in the conception and implementation of measures can positively influence project work.

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