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This page provides a brief overview of NEPCAM’s procedures relating to gender equality.

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Gender Equality

Gender equality means women and men have equal opportunities to realise their individual potential, to contribute to their country's economic and social development and to benefit equally from their participation in society.

Gender inequality restricts a country's economic growth. Removing inequalities gives societies a better chance to develop. When women and men have relative equality, economies grow faster, children's health improves and there is less corruption. Gender equality is an important human right.

While gains have been made, gender inequalities in health and education are still striking given that:

  • Two-thirds of the 800 million people in the world who lack basic literacy skills are female.
  • Women hold an average of 19 per cent of seats in national parliaments in East Asia.
  • Half a million women die each year from complications during pregnancy, of which 99 per cent occur in developing countries.
  • Investments in women's and girls' education and health yield some of the highest returns of all development investments, including reduced rates of material mortality, better educated and healthier children and increased household incomes.

Achieving gender equality extends beyond improving female health and education. It means:

  • Access to economic resources,
  • participation and leadership in decision making,
  • respect for the human rights of women, and
  • an increased capacity to tackle gender inequalities.

These are the four interrelated factors that development investments need to address to advance gender equality. Strategies and targets need to engage women and girls more effectively, and the effectiveness of these strategies needs to be monitored.

Development results cannot be maximised without attending to the different needs, interests, priorities and roles of women, men, boys and girls, and the relations between them. Development programs cannot succeed without the participation and cooperation of all members of the community.


Gender and NEPCAM’s Sponsorship Program 

Gender equality is a guiding principle of NEPCAM and is integral to our aid policies, programs and initiatives.

NEPCAM’s commitment means that women's and girls' views, needs, interests and rights shape the development agenda as much as men's and boys'. Women and men will participate in and benefit equally from the sponsorship program, and development will support progress towards equality between women and men, boys and girls.


Policy Framework

AusAID’s publication Gender Equality in Australia's Aid Program - Why and How, sets out guidelines for NEPCAM’s aims to achieve through the aid program.

The goal of the policy is to reduce poverty by advancing gender equality and empowering women. By following these guidelines, NEPCAM aims to:

  • Improve the economic status of women,
  • promote equal participation of women in decision making and leadership, including in fragile states and conflict situations,
  • improve equitable health and education outcomes for women, men, girls and boys, and
  • ensure gender equality is advanced in regional cooperation efforts.

Australia and the international community have learned important lessons about the operating principles that must underpin efforts to promote gender equality through aid. NEPCAM will work to:

  • Strengthen partner ownership and support country-driven priorities on advancing gender equality
  • Engage with both men and women to advance gender equality
  • Strengthen accountability mechanisms to increase effectiveness
  • Collect and analyse information to improve gender equality results