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.

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!

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 SMERU Research Institute has produced three video stories which illustrate different aspects of unpaid care work experienced by women in the lowest welfare group in Indonesia. The promote the recognition, reduction and redistribution of unpaid care work. Discussion questions are also provided which have been designed to generate dialogue about gendered divisions of labour and the inefficiencies of unpaid care work.

The Global Care Advocacy 2015 workshop will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 22-23 January. The event will bring together activists, researchers, practitioners from diverse civil society organisations and is a chance to hear from people around the world about their work to make care more visible. Keep up to date with workshop developments on Interactions.

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. 

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