IOB - Premises and promises - A study of the premises underlying the Dutch policy for women's rights and gender equality

The Dutch international policy for women's rights and gender equality is based on both rights-based arguments - women have the same rights as men - and instrumental considerations: equality and equal rights will lead to better development results. These instrumental arguments have prompted the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) to find out what is known of the premises underlying Dutch policies, and to find out if these premises can indeed be linked to the intended, promised changes in gender equality and women's rights.

This report summarises the findings of a study of existing research, including academic publications, reviews, grey literature and evaluations about themes related to gender equality. It is part of a number of sub-studies of the policy evaluation on women's rights and gender equality conducted by IOB.