Empowerment of Women and Girls

This pilot evaluation engages with community activists in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa to understand the reality of gender-based violence in the life of their community and what drives and sustains their action against this. 

This new evidence report is about a mapping workshop which was conducted in Kenya to identify promising avenues and approaches by which men and boys can become engaged in addressing sexual and gender-based violence, within social and institutional contexts of Kenya.


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)

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.

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.

29.04.14The impacts of cooking with solid fuels on the economic opportunities of women

Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, from the Insitute of Development Studies, will be speaking at the Clean Cooking Conference on Thursday 1 May, at the The Royal Society in London. She will present as part of a session titled, 'What are the impacts of cooking with solid fuels on the health, safety and economic opportunities of women?'

The SMERU Research Institute will be sharing their work on unpaid care at the 2014 OECD Forum from 5-6 May in Paris, France. Rachma Nurbani from the Institute will be participating in one of the Forum's ‘IdeaFactories’. SMERU, which is based in Jakarta, Indonesia is a knowledge partner of the Forum.

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.

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Building policy-relevant knowledge

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