To me, the two words “gender lens“ create a vision of looking through the lens and seeing the world through adjustments. The lens is a filter which symbolically contains all our personal prejudices and experiences along with those we have acquired as the result of the norms and rules of society.
I googled the term “gender lens “to see what the experts say. Interestingly enough, there were not pages and pages of quick definitions, most were quite clinical. So I am going with the one from Wikipedia which is simple and concisely states what the long detailed articles and papers take paragraphs to explain. It says:
What is a Gender Lens?
Think of a gender lens as putting on spectacles. Out of one lens of the spectacles, you see the participation, needs and realities of women. Out of the other lens, you see the participation, needs and realities of men. Your sight or vision is the combination of what each eye sees.
Gender is about relationships between men and women. Gender equality is about equal valuing of women and men – of their similarities and their differences. We need equal, respectful partnerships between men and women to have happy, healthy families and communities in the same way that we need both eyes to see best.
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This gives us a foundation to beginning to understand the concept of a gender lens, now to see how that term applies in the investment world and what it means to women. More next time.