Empowerment of Women and Girls

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a global problem, but research in West Africa suggests that it becomes particularly acute in post-conflict countries, such as Sierra Leone, the focus of this report. It explores the role of men and boys in addressing SGBV including key themes, stakeholders and the opportunities and challenges.

This report is based on a recent case study which explored how collective action contributes to addressing the structural inequalities and discriminatory social norms that perpetuate sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), as well as the role of men and boys in enabling transformative change.

A digital storytelling process formed the heart of a case study which explores the role of collective action in challenging harmful gender norms related to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in South Africa. Vee and Sinazo are two of the people from informal settlements and townships in Cape Town who created video stories about the actions they are taking to address SGBV in their lives and in their communities. 

Will mobile phones provide solutions to health system challenges and address the needs of poor women around the world? Marion Stevens and Linda Waldman reflect on new advances in the use of ICT for diagnosis.

Our researchers, Emmy Kageha Igonya and Darisuk Kharlyngdoh, will be presenting at the ResUp Symposium and Training Exchange from February 9th - 12th, in Nairobi, Kenya. We'll be updating this page throughout the event, so watch this space for the latest updates!

Researcher Chongneithem Lhouvum writes a blog post on the disadvantages and challenges of being a non-indigenous woman in the urban slums of Shillong, India. Read more here!

13.02.15Human Development Report to have a focus on care work

In November 2015, UNDP will publish its '2015 Human Development Report – Rethinking Work for Human Development'. The report will be based on five building blocks, one of which is: "Recognizing the worth of care work and its impact on human development." 

"Who Cares?" a National Convention on Advocacy for 'Care Work' will take place from 16-17 February 2015 in New Delhi. The event, hosted by ActionAid India, will discuss the contribution made by care workers, unpaid and underpaid, to the economy and how policies must be understood and framed through a 'care lens'.

Rachel Moussié, International Policy Manager for Women’s Rights at ActionAid International argues that our economies depend too much on the exploitation of women’s care work – paid and unpaid. 

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