International Labour Organization
South-East Asia and the Pacific Multidisciplinary Advisory Team
ILO/SEAPAT's OnLine Gender Learning & Information Module

Unit 1: A conceptual framework for gender analysis and planning

Tool: Constraints and opportunities profile

This tool helps construct a profile about the constraints and opportunities in the environment that can potentially influence gender-related development efforts in the area.

The following are two examples of constraints and opportunity profiles for gender analysis: You can use any or both of them to construct your own profile, as relevant to your work.

Example 1
Constraints and opportunities profile 
Economic/demographic conditions




Institutional arrangements




Norms and values




Political environment








Training and education









Example 2
Supports and Constraints Profile 
(which patterns in the area make life better?)
(which patterns in the area make life more difficult?)





e.g.: are there environmental problems in the area? e.g.: are there environmental advantages in the area?





e.g.: do both girls and boys go to school equally? e.g.: are women/men moving out of the area?





e.g.: do both women and men have access to new technology? e.g.: are women/men getting poorer? 





e.g.: do both women and men have leadership roles? e.g.: who decides who can use resources?
[Adapted from Gender Issues in the World of Work: Gender Training Package, ILO, Geneva, 1995 and Vicki L. Wilde and Arja Vainio-Mattila, International Training Package: Gender Analysis and Forestry, FAO, Rome, 1995.]

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