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The urban share of poverty is increasing: according to the UN, by 2030 almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Health, gender and urbanisation are all included in the Sustainable Development Goals, but are the links clear enough? This blog post takes a look at the Global Goals and how urban health and gender are represented. 

This new policy briefing argues that progressive national tax reforms and improvements in global governance accountability are vital for positive change but that, despite State obligations to ensure economic policies are non-discriminatory and prioritise human rights, regressive tax policies and underfunded public services perpetuate women’s disproportionate responsibility for care.

A new IDS policy briefing summarises the key findings of a global research programme on effective organised activism against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). It highlights the importance of addressing the underlying structural causes of violence showing that men are becoming more visible as partners in tackling SGBV, holding themselves and others accountable for maintaining harmful gender norms that perpetuate violence.

04.01.16Stakeholder meeting takes place in Nepal

Oxfam in Nepal and ISST organised a half day meeting on 17 December in Kathmandu. The audience included representatives from government ministries including Women, Children and Social Welfare, Agriculture Development and Local Development, as well as participants from NGOs. The event included an enriching discussion on the study and the audience gave many useful suggestions for the fieldwork and final analysis.

The first two rounds of data collection for the GrOW project have begun in Rajasthan, India. The ISST India team visited remote tribal villages of two districts in Udaipur and Dungarpur. Surveys of 50 women in each of the districts and participatory activities with groups of women, men and children of these villages revealed hard living and working conditions, combined with discriminatory gender roles that had resulted in acute time poverty and drudgery for women. 

It is now widely accepted that effective strategies to end sexual and gender-based violence must engage with men and boys. However, as highlighted by a new IDS policy brief, the relationship between traditional women’s rights movements and organisations working on engaging men and boys is an uneasy one. The paper makes recommendations on how to build better alliances for the future.

On Human Rights Day, Kabafunzaki Darius King and Dieudonne Maganya talk about their work in participatory filmaking in Uganda - the successes and challenges they've experienced and the impact that video can have on creating positive change. 


Interactions has published a new series of dialogues on the engagement of men and boys in tackling sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). This one-off blog series offers an opportunity to openly talk about SGBV and the successes and challenges connected to addressing it. Experts will have their say and anyone can join the dialogue until 10 December.