Gender is often used synonymously with “women” and “women empowerment”. However, its meaning need not be so limited. In its most effective form, “gender” encompasses all the issues related to complex interactions of gendered and non-gendered individuals on personal, economic, political, social and cultural levels.

It is crucial to prevent perpetuation of the gender-limited social and cultural norms, attitudes and belief systems within family, community and society as a whole. Gender equality is all about a personal attitude shift supported by policies, procedures, structures, knowledge and skills. If we are missing the personal attitude shift at the micro, meso and macro level, no policy, procedure or structure will enable us to really achieve gender equality.