Concerns about culture are frequently raised in relation to initiatives for gender equality in development cooperation

April 6, 2019 Critical Thinking

Concerns about culture are frequently raised in relation to initiatives for gender equality in development cooperation.
In some cases, program officers or partners are concerned that promotion of gender equality would “interfere with local culture”, and therefore feel that gender equality should not be promoted for ethical reasons. In other cases, the cultural values of a particular area are described as a major constraint on efforts for gender equality, and therefore action is considered to be difficult for practical reasons.
When we talk about “culture” we often mean intellectual and creative products, including literature, music, drama, and painting. Another use of “culture” is to describe the beliefs and practices of another society, particularly where these are seen as closely linked with tradition or religion.