Despite considerable advances made in recent decades women and girls in Australia, and around the world, still experience significant disadvantage in many spheres - including the outcomes of philanthropic programs.
Gender-wise is the term we’ve coined to describe an approach to giving that recognises the significant role gender plays in the way we experience different aspects of life. It is also referred to as applying a gender lens.
Because programs affect women and men differently, even those that seem gender-neutral often actually exclude or under-serve some people simply because of their gender, and perpetuate existing inequities.
Gender-wise funders seek to understand this by analysing data and asking questions about how issues might affect women and men, and people of diverse gender identity, differently.
By adopting gender-wise principles and tools, you can make sure that the programs, projects and organisations that you support better address women’s particular needs and circumstances. Examining issues through the lens of gender makes visible different needs and circumstances to better inform design and delivery, promoting inclusion and enhancing impact.