Empowerment of Women and Girls

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)

Preliminary outputs from a Nairobi workshop which mapped out some of the key collective actors and aimed to improve understanding and knowledge of shifting roles of men in movements which address sexual and gender based violence.

The international campaign is running until Human Rights Day on 10 December. The theme for 2013 is: ‘Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women.’ Various teams at IDS have come together to promote key initiatives and actors working in this disturbing yet essential development area.

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.

05.09.14IDS to speak on girls' economic empowerment at international event

IDS have been invited to give a key note speech at the 2014 International Colloquium 'Childhood in Feminine: Girls' taking place from Tuesday 2 December 2 until Thursday 4 December at the University of Barcelona, Spain. The speech will be on 'Unpaid Care Work and Girl’s Economic Empowerment'.

05.09.14Global Advocacy Care Workshop, New Delhi, India 5-7 November 2014

IDS and Action Aid International will be hosting a three day international workshop in New Delhi, India from November 5-7 2014. The workshop aims to bring together those organisations in the North and South interested in international advocacy on unpaid care work and will also focus on national and local spaces in order to bridge the gap between national and international advocacy and create a more integrated and coordinated advocacy by linking international and national coalitions.

As part of their work on unpaid care work, the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) organised a photo exhibition from August 23-28, 2014. Titled 'Bhinno Rupe Purush' (Images of Caring Men), the photo exhibition was the first of its kind in Bangladesh. The photos depict stories of ordinary men from all over Bangladesh, who cook, clean and take care of children or the elderly as an integral part of their lives.

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