Gender Glossary

This list contains words and terms that are frequently used and are of particular importance in a Gender Mainstreaming context.


The term cisgender is often used in the context of how somebody’s assigned biological sex and legal gender correspond to the person’s gender identity. For example, a cisgender woman is a person who was born with a vagina (biological sex), who was registered as a ‘female’ by authorities (legal gender), who considers, and has always considered, herself a female (gender identity) and who expresses her female gender through for example clothing, body language, hairstyle and social behaviour (gender expression). These individuals can be referred to as cisgender persons and one central aspect of that position is that it to a large degree can be associated with social notions and ideas about what is normal, natural and healthy, something that implies many privileges.

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