Back to the Basics: A Simple Gender Analysis Tool

International Women's Day in Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

I’m often asked, “What is a good tool to use to do a quick gender analysis?”

Here’s a simple gender analysis tool to keep in your back pocket.

If you don’t have time to prepare a detailed gender analysis or can’t work with a gender expert at the beginning of a new project or program, ask yourself the following questions:

1. How are men, women, boys and girls differently affected by this situation because of their respective roles, needs, priorities, and status?


2. How is what I am doing, planning, funding, or implementing affecting the different roles, needs, priorities, and status of these individuals?

If you can answer what the needs, roles, priorities, and status of the men, women, boys, and girls are in your area or project context, you’ll soon see where the constraints and opportunities are for creating and implementing gender-sensitive policies and programs.


For further reading, including some valuable information about the conceptualization and implementation of gender analysis, see:

“A Guide to Gender-Analysis Frameworks,” by Candida March, Ines Smyth, and Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay