Empowerment of Women and Girls

Drawing on findings from research on unpaid care, women’s empowerment, men and masculinities, and gender and social movements, this NGO/CSW parallel event will explore the steps we need to take to create strong and sustainable alliances to influence global policy processes, to challenge the myths and expose the reality. Roundtable discussion features Jerker Edström, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed and Mariz Tadros (IDS)

Preliminary outputs from a Nairobi workshop which mapped out some of the key collective actors and aimed to improve understanding and knowledge of shifting roles of men in movements which address sexual and gender based violence.

The international campaign is running until Human Rights Day on 10 December. The theme for 2013 is: ‘Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women.’ Various teams at IDS have come together to promote key initiatives and actors working in this disturbing yet essential development area.

Interactions editor Leah Murphy attended the 11th International Confrerence on Urban Health (ICUH 2014). Here she brings together some of the latest thinking and key resources.

The thematic review conducted as part of the Urbanisation and the health of women and girls in low-income settings is now available online! The review examines the literature focusing on a range of health challenges faced by women and girls living in low-income urban settlements in expanding cities in Kenya and South Africa.

The first case study conducted as part of the Urbanisation and the health of women and girls in low-income settings research programme is now available online! It looks at a community-level intervention for NCDs in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa.

Deepta Chopra from the Institute of Development Studies will be speaking on a panel during the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. At the event on Tuesday 8 April 2014, she will focus on the emerging concerns in gender equality and care work fields and the gaps of public policy in addressing care issues.

Deepta Chopra, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed and Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert from the Institute of Development Studies will be speaking at the 28th British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference 2014 on Friday 4 April, 2014. The panel will talk about public policies in Nepal, gender roles and global crises with a focus on Bangladesh and caring for child rights and women’s rights.

The IDS Gender, Power and Sexuality team joined the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women which ran from 10 to 21 March 2014. This Storify brings together this involvement, reflections on the Millennium Development Goals and a look at what is needed for a post-2015 development framework which helps to build gender equality.

Country Profiles

Building policy-relevant knowledge

Interactions keep you up to date with research processes and policy-relevant findings as they happen. Each guide brings an in-depth view about the processes and outcomes of research in action.

We aim to give visitors the opportunity to interact with the research and findings to inform and influence, extending the knowledge to include

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  • links to full documents
  • country background information
  • case studies
  • information about research organisations and partners
  • examples of good practice
  • video clips
  • photographs
  • reports
  • policy briefings


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We explain the key issues and direct you to the most relevant information on each themeWe keep you up-to-date on our research activities and the evidence we collect from themWe share the research results as they begin to emerge and when they are finalised

As our research develops, we will update the guide with the latest information so that you can follow progress and interact with research in action.