Gender equality constitutes one of five political priorities in the strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation, “Freedom from Poverty – Freedom to Change” launched in 2010. Different sub‐strategies, formulated in previous years, still guide interventions on specific issues such as gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV/AIDS. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Poverty Reduction Strategy and 6 five year plan objectives are unlikely to be achieved without a genuine and across the board commitment to gender equality. Severe gender disparities persist in both human and income poverty. Women not only bear a disproportionate burden of poverty, but lack access to education, health services, and productive opportunities.
Denmark will build on the momentum created by the awareness of the Millennium Development Goals-campaign and will continue to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women on the multilateral scene. Denmark will also actively pursue to incorporate gender equality in development work through its engagements with both bilateral and multi lateral organizations.
The unequal access and control of resources, economic opportunities, power and political influence will work as points of departure from where a two-pronged approach (mainstreaming and special interventions) will be facilitated. The road map for implementation of gender equality in development work identifies six areas of focus where gender equality and the empowerment of women can be incorporated.Danish assistance will therefore continue to give high priority to reducing gender gaps and mainstreaming gender equality concerns in all sector programmes and projects. Under its Human Rights and Good Governance Programme, separate programme activities on women’s rights, including violence against women will be continued. Lessons learned from Danida supported interventions in reducing gender inequality and improving respect for women’s rights will be fed into new targeted activities.
Danish development work in Bangladesh has a long tradition of incorporating gender issues in development aid and gender equality courses are mandatory to Danida staff members and it is thus an integral part of all development programmes at the Embassy of Denmark. The Agricultural Sector Programme will ensure better access for women to agricultural services and resources, representation of women in the various bodies, employment and training of female officers and extension workers, supportive facilities for female extension workers, and support to women’s groups as focal points for extension. While the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Programme will pursue to ensure representation of women in water user committees and decision-making bodies
Strategy. Gender Equality in Danish Development Coorperation
Road Map for the Implementation of the Strategy for Denmark’s Development Cooperation in 2011
Mahal Aminuzzaman(Gender Focal Point)