The Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
A first-of-its-kind study highlighting the experiences, insights, and perspectives of adolescents and youth on the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SRHR. ... READ MORE
Advocating for Change for Adolescents!
A practical toolkit for young people to advocate for improved adolescent health and well-being.
Women’s Empowerment in Global Value Chains
Women are an essential part of global value chains. As raw material producers, small-business owners, executives, retail workers, and consumers, women help businesses succeed and grow. Yet women continue to face barriers to achieve their full potential at work, in the marketplace, and in many other aspects of life. This not only holds women back, it impairs the growth of businesses, economies, and communities. This report aims to help unlock business opportunities that advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of women in global value chains.
Build Sustainable Financing and Partnerships for Girls and Women
Under the sustainable development agenda, development actors from across the spectrum have an opportunity to abandon traditionally siloed approaches and work together to positively impact girls’ and women’s lives through financial investment and strengthened multi-sector partnerships that deliver on an integrated agenda. This policy brief identifies interventions that can propel sustainable progress.
Improve Data & Accountability for Girls and Women
Achieving progress for girls and women is dependent upon accurate, disaggregated data to fuel data-driven advocacy, guide interventions, and hold governments accountable. This policy brief explores the critical contributions of data and accountability to gender equality, as well as data and accountability mechanisms and initiatives that have been established to drive progress for girls and women at the regional, national, and global levels.
Invest in Women to Tackle Climate Change and Conserve the Environment
The first step toward tackling the challenges of climate change is to create a backdrop against which girls and women are empowered to safeguard the environment. Climate change and environmental degradation represent a great threat to poverty reduction, gender equality and to achieving the SDGs. This policy brief examines some useful strategies to promote the inclusion of women in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and negotiations — and ensure their voices are heard.
Accelerate Access to Resources – Land, Clean Energy, Water, and Sanitation
When girls and women endure restricted access to resources such as land, energy, and water and sanitation, there are far-reaching implications. These can affect their health, education, housing, and livelihoods, as well as the safety and sustainability of the environments in which they live. This brief explores seven solutions highlighting gender-responsive approaches that create an enabling environment for effective and secure access to resources.
Strengthen Women’s Political Participation & Decision-Making Power
The full and equal political participation of women is a prerequisite for democratic governance. This policy brief examines various proven solutions to addressing barriers in institutions, sociocultural norms, and individual capacity in order to empower all girls and women and amplify their voices in decision-making processes.
Boost Women’s Economic Empowerment
Women’s economic empowerment is a pre-requisite for inclusive and equitable economic growth. Every day, women demonstrate they can build informal and formal businesses out of very little capital, create networks to maximize limited resources, and shoulder disproportionate care-taking responsibilities. Women succeed in spite of laws, policies, social norms, and institutions that hold them back. This policy brief examines opportunities to create an enabling environment for women to thrive economically.
Dramatically Reduce Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a phenomenon that transcends social, economic, and geographic borders. GBV is rooted in power imbalances between the sexes and fueled by multiple factors, including cultural norms, social acceptance of harmful practices, and insufficient legal protections. This policy brief discusses several approaches that can help societies step up the prevention of gender-based violence and build a stronger response to violence when it occurs.
Respect, Protect, and Fulfill Sexual Health and Rights
A world without fear, stigma, or discrimination is a prerequisite for gender equality, as is girls’ and women’s ability to live according to their sexual health and rights. In order to realize these rights, governments and civil society partners need to adopt comprehensive approaches to protect and uphold them while empowering individuals to claim their rights, including: strong legal and policy frameworks; access to information and comprehensive sexuality education; protecting the rights of marginalized groups; ensuring accountability; and involving men and boys in national efforts to respect, protect, and fulfill sexual rights.