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Gender at Work Framework (The Rao and Kelleher model)


The Gender at Work Framework is intended for use by change agents in both organizations and communities to uncover opportunities and barriers to gender equality, to map a strategy for change and to guide evaluative efforts to mark progress. It makes visible dimensions of gender equality and the extent to which there is a shift in gendered power relations – in line with national priorities and principles agreed in CEDAW, the Beijing PFA and other guiding documents.


The analysis framework maps in the top two quadrants variables associated with an individual, with changes in noticeable individual conditions (e.g., increased resources, voice, freedom from violence, access to health and education); and individual consciousness and capability (e.g., knowledge, skills, political consciousness, and commitment to change toward equality). The bottom two clusters are related to systemic variables, with formal rules as laid down in constitutions, laws, and policies; and informal discriminatory norms and deep structures, including those that maintain inequality in everyday practices. 

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