Gender Equality Glossary and Thesaurus

Gender needs of women

The term ‘gender needs’ refers to two types of needs usually identified in a given society, namely practical gender needs and strategic gender needs. Addressing the practical gender needs of women alone – often related to women’s domestic tasks and concerned with inadequate living conditions – perpetuates the factors which keep women in a disadvantaged position compared to men. Needs related to women’s empowerment are strategic needs that are required to overcome the subordinate position of women.