Integrating Gender Concerns in Anti-Poverty Reduction Strategies

This paper attempts to show the links between gender and poverty, and
trace historically the international discourse on development which
also impinged on national directions and realities. It focuses on the
strategic objectives of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action regarding
women and poverty.

This paper attempts to show the links between gender and poverty, and
trace historically the international discourse on development which
also impinged on national directions and realities. It focuses on the
strategic objectives of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action regarding
women and poverty. Among the topics discussed are: structural
adjustment measures from a gender perspective; how women are affected
by debt and budgetary allocations; women's employment in the formal and
informal sectors; gender and social security systems; migrant women,
indigenous women, socially marginalized women, gender and microfinance;
and the feminization of poverty. The paper then examines the current
efforts which are relevant to or emanating from the National
Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), identifying gains and gaps in the
MTPDP, in Administrative Order 21, in the anti-poverty framework and
approach, in the sectoral agendas, in the GAD Focal Point and Plan, and
in the KALAHI program. It ends by making recommendations on the
integration of gender concerns in the poverty-reduction strategies.

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