Empowerment of Women and Girls

Sonke Gender Justice, the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation and the Institute of Development Studies conducted case study research in South Africa between June and November 2014 to explore how collective action contributes to addressing sexual and gender-based violence, and the role of men and boys in enabling transformative change. Early findings were shared at November's MenEngage Global Symposium in New Delhi.

08.12.14#16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The annual campaign runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, International Human Rights Day. Building on 2013’s theme the focus is: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women.” Every day the work of IDS, their partners and others who are working for an end to gender-based violence is being feautured on this Storify.

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.

Researchers Pauline Oosterhoff and Linda Waldman presented their research at the 2014 City Health International conference, which took place in Amsterdam on 3rd-4th November. Two posters depicting case studies undertaken as part of the research on the health of women and girls in low-income urban settlements were also presented. See the presentations and find out more!

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. 

IDS has published a policy briefing which argues that macroeconomic policy often fails to recognise the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work on women, and as a result reinforces both gender and income inequalities. Time-use data can help lead to more equitable allocations of public resources and government budgets. 

The ‘Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women’s economic empowerment programmes and policies’ project will launch in January 2015. Research will take place in India, Nepal, Rwanda and Tanzania, led by IDS, ISST and BRAC’s East Africa Research and Evaluation Unit, along with ActionAid International and Oxfam GB. The project is part of the GrOW programme funded by DFID, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and IDRC. 

Deepta Chopra will give oral evidence at a UK Parliamentary inquiry on sustainable and inclusive jobs and livelihoods in developing countries. She will attend the event on Tuesday 16 December to lead on women and unpaid care work. Mike Bird, Operation Manager at Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing will also be speaking. The Evidence Session is being led by the International Development Committee.

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