Change in Knowledge, Perception, and Attitudes of the Villagers Towards Gender Roles and Gender Relations: An Evaluation of Gender Quality Action Learning Program

This paper looks into the changing status of the villagers’ knowledge, perception and attitude towards gender roles and gender relations over time. Data were collected from the Eastern part of Bangladesh through survey and in-depth interview. Using Lickert Scale, the attitude of the respondents was measured. Findings from this report show that knowledge on discrimination, empowerment, violence against women, and marital issues increased remarkably and attitude on those issues including general perception towards male and female changed positively but the perception of them did not change much as expected. It was also noticed that change in knowledge, perception, and attitude of man did not take place much more compared to woman. The report concluded that traditional norms, values and culture including patriarchal societal structure still were recognized as barriers by the respondents to bring on gender equality. The report also provided some recommendations in order to overcome the deficiency of the interventions mentioned, by listing out a few steps that could be undertaken by the GQAL program.

Author: Alim, Md Abdul
Type: Report
Year: 2007