Each one of us experiences the world in different ways; experiences that are shaped by our gender and the ways that these gendered experiences intersect with our race, class, culture, faith and sexuality. It is from this perspective that Gender and Development takes as its theoretical point of departure.
In this module, we explore and seek to explain the deeply gendered processes faced by both women and men living in some of the world’s poorest countries. We will consider why women make up the majority of the global poor, and interrogate the structures, processes and cultures that mean women own just one per cent of the world’s land and earn only a tenth of the world’s income. In exploring the issues affecting billions of women living in the global South, we examine the mechanisms that have been introduced to address these inequalities and assess their effectiveness.
Upon completing the module, you should have a greater understanding of gender relations in the developing world, and the different experiences encountered by different groups of both men and women. You will also have a clearer example of the ways in which gender intersects with other social categories such as race, class, caste, religion, sexuality, and others.