Perspective is ‘a way of regarding situations or topics’. Women’s perspective is a unique perspective and differs to men’s. This is because within households, communities and society women do not have the same access to and control over resources, they have different needs and priorities to men and are impacted differently by changes in their surroundings.
Women’s perspective is not limited to women’s issues. Women are often only consulted on what are considered to be ‘women’s issues’, these are issues which usually focus around care provision, parenting and violence against women. However, women have opinions and insights into much of what is happening in the world around us and how it impacts on them.
Listening to women’s perspective on issues that have traditionally been considered male issues, such as planning, the environment, wastage, employment, water services, etc. can ensure better decisions are made in the long term.