Words hold powerful meanings. However, that meaning can be derived from context and assumptions you already have about the definition of a word. We want to avoid one-dimension notions of how words are used. In order to be clear, we have listed the following words and how we choose to define them. Hopefully, this will give you a better sense of what we are trying to convey in our posts.
- Development: We define development as any initiative or act in promoting social, economic and political advancement for girls and women around the world.
- Education: A place to learn. This does not have to be a formal school or learning institution, education can take on many forms such as informal learning found in the home and in communities.
- Equity: The discussion or act of determining or implementing fairness.
- Equality: The size and scope of how that equity (fairness) is distributed.
- Female Empowerment: An act or motivation to lift women out of oppressive situations to help them feel better about themselves and allow them to focus on their mission, instead of their identity.
- Gender: The identity someone holds. In calling someone a man or woman, we are using the biological sex their chose to identify with. The state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones)
- Sex: either of the two main categories (male and female) into which humans and many other living things are divided on the basis of their reproductive functions.
- Wage Gap: The disparity in wages due to factors solely related to a person’s identity and not addressing their work ethic or ability.