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The Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act No. 9710) defines Gender and Development Program (GAD) as the development perspective and process that is participatory and empowering, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials.

GAD focuses on gender mainstreaming, which is a method for ensuring that both women and men gain equally from the design, implementation, monitoring, and assessment of policies, programs, and initiatives in all realms of society, including the political, civic, and economic ones.