Because of the growing consciousness that women play an important role in development processes, certain measures which promote equal rights for sexes as well as the substantial strengthening of women’s rights, were adopted in the development aid policy.
Actors involved in developmental policies see in these measures tremendous potential to implement basic development goals, such as poverty reduction or the formation of economic competences in less developed countries. Both goals, equal rights for both genders and the promotion of “empowerment strategies”, fail if they are seen as solution concepts for political development goals.
The VIDC regards equal rights and gender justice as essential to all societies in order to ensure human rights as well as participation with equal rights in political, social and economic areas. The institute therefore deals with the topics of gender and development and places special emphasis on forms of sex-specific force, women’s rights and the rights of, other marginalized gender groups, as well as on sexual and reproductive rights.