In this guide, grantmakers and grantees describe the experience of using a "gender lens" in their work. They explain what gender analysis is and isn't - and why it can help shape more effective programs and organizations. The guide also takes a closer look at how gender analysis has led to new thinking in fields as diverse as public health, international development, juvenile justice, and youth services. And it offers additional insights and special advice on issues ranging from "What about Men and Boys" to "Uncovering Gender Assumptions."
What's in the Guide?
- Bringing a gender analysis to your grantmaking
- Understanding how it can help grantees to be more effective
- Applying it in your own organization
- Understanding What Gender Analysis Is and Isn't: "Gender" doesn't mean "not men," and "gender analysis" is more than a way of thinking about programs for women and girls. By uncovering assumptions about gender, grantmakers have found hidden opportunities, framed more insightful questions, and explored the possibility of new programs and organizations that work better for women and girls and men and boys.
- Using It with Grantees: At its best, gender analysis is a tool for promoting curiosity, which in turn can help people improve the effectiveness of programs and institutions. In this section, grantmakers offer their advice on how to foster inquiry by asking the right questions at the right time, encouraging experimentation, and supporting learning.
- Applying It in Your Own Organization: Gender analysis works best when it's on the agenda for the whole foundation. Grantmakers suggest a number of ways to get colleagues thinking about gender. The key, they say, is to emphasize connections between gender analysis and the values and principles of your organization.