"Gender mainstreaming" is a method used to achieve gender equality in all areas. In the Initiative on GAD, gender mainstreaming within development is defined as "a process in which women's and men's development challenges and needs as well as development impacts on both men and women, are clarified throughout the process of policy formulation, project planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, on the premise that all policies, interventions, and projects have different impacts on men and women."