Peace Corps - Women In Development/ Gender And Development

Welcome to the Peace Corps Women in Development/ Gender and Development Toolkit.

WID emphasizes integrating women's needs in development work and proposes that development would be more sustainable if women and girls are included in decision making and development programs that focus on identifying their needs, and providing them with resources to improve their situation. GAD emphasizes integrating the roles of both genders in all aspects of development work. It proposes that the situation for women, girls, men and boys in communities and countries will not significantly change without analyzing socially defined gender roles and relationships to more effectively plan development programs and projects.

Improved WID/GAD educational and programming techniques are high priority needs in the majority of Volunteer's communities. The resources in this toolkit are intended for all Volunteers engaged in WID/GAD activities and any other Volunteers who wish to include a more gender-sensitive perspective in their activities. 

To best assist you in your search for resources, we have divided WID/GAD information in the following categories:



This tab includes materials that focus on how improved education and safer school environments can improve girl’s health, and vice versa. By protecting girls from physical, psychological, and sexual abuse in schools and improving their access to, and quality of, education, we can improve physical health and safety of girls, reduce HIV/AIDS rates, improve maternal mortality, curb birth rates, increase childhood survival rates, alleviate poverty, and promote the value of girls in the home.

This tab contains literature on the prevalence of female genital cutting (FGC) in certain African countries and details various strategies and programs that have targeted this practice. This section includes three publications: a program evaluation and assessment, an essay on the cultural perspectives on FGC and strategies to combat them, and a study of a particular community that practices FGC.

This tab is devoted to understanding and addressing Gender-Based Violence worldwide. GBV is one of the most devastating issues facing women today and needs to be incorporating at all levels of programming. This section focuses on how you can integrate awareness and empowerment activities to reduce gender-based violence into other sectors and programs.

This tab includes specific training resources on how to incorporate a gender perspective into all levels of policy making and programming in the field. As a volunteer, these resources can be helpful in developing strategies to address particular issues related to Gender and Development and utilize gender as a lens for reviewing and implementing various programs.

This section provides the resources volunteers need to incorporate a gender-specific and gender-sensitive approach to their HIV/AIDS programming. For more than 25 years AIDS has been devastating the developing, as well as the developed, world. As of 2010, women make up half of those living with HIV infection. While HIV epidemics affect different countries and cultures differently, gender inequalities, biological differences, and structural obstacles still make women and girls especially vulnerable to infection. In sub-Saharan Africa—the region most affected by HIV/AIDS—women account for nearly 60% of those living with HIV. It is thus imperative that HIV/AIDS programming actively seek to reach women and girls in particular, as well as recognize and change the social conditions that put women at risk.

This tab’s publications speak to the need to engage men and boys to eradicate gender-based violence, to eliminate/reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to promote gender equality in the community, in education, and in family planning. In this section, we have several manuals, workshops, skills building activities, promising practices, and overall strategy assessments for examining the role of men in development and women’s well-being.

We also invite you to contribute by suggesting resources to include and posting your comments through the feedback form.

Toolkit last updated: October 11, 2012