n Law, Democracy & Development - Mainstreaming women, equating men : charting an inclusionary approach to transformative development in the African decade for women

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



In time past, developmental efforts tended to focus on either men or women but seldom on both. For decades, therefore, development assistance often took the form of providing technologies, loans and training to men. Starting in the early 1970s, however, analysts pointed out the need to pay more attention to women as agents of development. The initial focus was to direct more resources to women and, later, focus attention more broadly on gender dynamics and inequalities. The global movement for gender equality itself has undergone a similar shift over the course of time, from an early emphasis on women alone to the recognition of the need to engage men in the process.

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