Empowerment of Women and Girls

14.11.14New report on DFID's work to tackle violence against women and girls

A new report presents a summary of DFID’s current portfolio of work to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) at the global, regional and country levels. The analysis covers DFID supported programmes that are presently being implemented (as of July 2014) and six pipeline programmes that are either in the process of being tendered for or are at an advanced stage of design.

04.08.14Sierra Leone newspaper coverage of MAGE-SL ‘Transformative Masculinity’ event

A two day workshop titled ‘Transformative Masculinity’ was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone in May 2014. The event, facilitated by MAGE-SL (Men Engage, Sierra Leone), was covered in the Standard Times newspaper on Friday 20 June. The workshop was organised by the YMCA Gender Department and attended by 20 people.

Issues covered included understanding socially constructed expectations of gender, the importance of role models and the concepts of power and weakness. 

Read the full article from the Standard Times here. 

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)

In South Africa, the challenge of adolescents' and womens' sexual and reproductive health and rights in rural, peri-urban and inner-cities is political, but many propose technical solutions. Linda Waldman and Marion Stevens question whether technology really is the answer.

The latest case study for the Urban Health research area describes the context of global health, mental health in South Africa, and a case study of a generalist health intervention (with a maternal mental health component) by a South African NGO, Philani, within the current fluid South African health system. 

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.

Interactions has published a database of 263 state-owned public policies and programmes on social protection from across 50 countries. It highlights those which take unpaid care work into consideration and the extent to which they recognise women’s unpaid care work, reduce the drudgery associated with performing care and/or redistribute responsibilities for care.

Deepta Chopra of the Institute of Development Studies will be taking part in in online discussion on ‘Addressing unpaid care in the post-2015 agenda’, hosted by Wikigender from 20-24 October 2014. The panel discussion coincides with the publication of Wikigender’s policy brief ‘Unpaid Care Work: The Missing Link Explaining Gender Gaps in Labour Outcomes.’

02.10.14National workshop in Bangladesh on unpaid care work

ActionAid Bangladesh and the Center for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) of BRAC University held a national workshop on unpaid care work on 17 September 2014 in Dhaka. At the meeting, research findings on a report: “The Pattern of Time Use of Adult Women and Men in Rural North Bangladesh” was disseminated. This was part of research jointly conducted by these organisations, on “Strengthening Women’s Collectives in Bangladesh, India and Nepal”. The objective of the research was to assess the amount of labour that goes into unpaid care work and to demonstrate the unequal burden of care work.

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