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What is 'gender'?

What is 'gender'?

‘Gender’ refers to the socially-constructed roles of and relationships between men and women. Gender concerns men and women, including conceptions of both femininity and masculinity. The difference between ‘gender’ and ‘sex’ is that the latter refers only to biological differences.

Gender does not mean focusing solely on women or females, but rather on the inequalities between males and females, and should not be confused with feminism or women’s studies.

Analyses of gender differences often show a disadvantaged and weaker position of women and girls in social, political, economic, legal, educational and physical issues. This is why there is a tendency for gender discussions and interventions to focus on correcting these imbalances by specifically targeting women and girls.

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