Citizenship is an abstract concept and therefore great care must be taken in explaining what it means in practice and what can effectively be done in the context of development interventions and policy. Development projects which enhance the ability of marginalised groups to access and influence decision-making bodies are implicitly if not explicitly working with concepts of citizenship. Citizenship is about concrete institutions, policy and structures and the ways in which people can shape them using ideas of rights and participation. This Supporting Resources Collection aims to point development policy-makers and practitioners towards key resources to help promote gender equality through rights and participation. The resources show how development projects can understand and acknowledge the roles of men and women - their gendered citizenship - and work for processes of positive change of, and within, these roles. The collection is made up of summaries of key texts, case studies, tools and guidelines and other materials.
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BRIDGE is a research and information programme located within IDS Knowledge Services. We are part of a global movement whose vision is a world where gender equality, dignity and social justice prevail, where poverty is eliminated and where human rights – including women’s rights - are realised.