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Thematic interconnections

Our work cuts across different thematic areas. Uncover the links and how our research explores and learns from these interconnections

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The global importance of including mental health carers in policy

Drawing from the experiences of an organisation who works with mental health carers, this briefing highlights the importance of widening the global mental health agenda to include local carers’ voices, greater government investment in mental health with social protection schemes for carers, flexible paid employment arrangements, and innovative mental health care actions.

Breaking the silence over male rape in conflict-related sexual violence

What makes it possible for male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence to organise and become activists, challenging discriminatory social and gender norms? This question is addressed in a new study from IDS, the Refugee Law Project and Men of Hope Refugee Association Uganda which also looks at the the role of third-party service providers and non-governmental organisations.

Interactions at CSW 2016

The Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. IDS is co-organising two parallel events: one on sustainable women’s economic empowerment, drawing on research from the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women programme, and the other on intersectional inequality and power. Interactions will be there to cover both of them.

Connecting perspectives on women’s empowerment

IDS has published a new Bulletin which contributes to understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women's opportunities and choices and realise women's empowerment in a meaningful way. The editors reflect on the interconnectedness of the economic, social and political components of empowerment and highlight significant gaps in policy and programming. 

Access to health for women and girls in low-income urban settlements

A new policy briefing from IDS calls for decision-makers to take a broader approach to address the social, structural and economic determinants of health, and to ensure community involvement in interventions with genuine gender inclusivity. The paper is based on six case studies and a thematic review examining women’s and girls’ access to health in low-income urban settlements.

Reframing men and boys in policy for gender equality – Learning Lab

Materials from the webinar, Reframing men and boys in policy for gender equality, on July 20 2016 are now available.

Final EMERGE blog: Reframing gender equality - should men and boys be in the picture?

In this final blog of the series, Thea Shahrokh discusses the vision of the EMERGE project - a better approach to working with men, boys and masculinities in policy on gender equality for the futu

EMERGE blog 8: Collective struggle and sustainable change for economic and gender justice

In this blog, Thea Shahrokh and Alan Greig discuss the work of Nijera Kori, a national social movement in Bangladesh fighting for the rights of landless people.

EMERGE policy brief published

This new policy brief from the EMERGE project makes the case for re-framing policy on gender equality in order to more productively factor in men and boys.

  • Interview with Beki Abi of DANA Social Club, Ethiopia

    Beki Aby is a leader in the LGBT community in Ethiopia. In 2013 he co-founded DANA Social Club, an informal collective that advocates for LGBT rights and provides members with support and information. Cheryl Overs, at the Institute of Development Studies, interviews him about the situation in Ethiopia which to date has not been ‘on the radar’ of international organisations and activists.

  • BLOG: Responding to the UK parliamentary report on global LGBT rights

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights (APPG LGBT) has published its first wide-ranging report on the UK Government’s thinking and their proposed activities to address a complex subject. Stephen Wood draws out some of the promising developments and highlights areas where we need a further push for clarity and practical action.

  • NEWS: Gender, Sexuality & Faith toolkit launched

    We are delighted to announce the new Gender, Sexuality & Faith toolkit, a free resource to support faith leaders and communities working to promote social justice in relation to gender and sexuality. It includes information on Terminology, Key issues, Case studies and Activities, developed as a joint initiative with Sonke Gender Justice, the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies and the Institute of Development Studies.

  • BLOG: Exploring the relationship between gender, sexuality & social justice

    This blog post by Kay Lalor explores the recently published IDS Edited Collection and why the context of the law matters to the lived experiences of criminalisation and discriminatory practice, in relation to gender, sexuality and social justice.

  • NEWS: Research illuminates avenues to advance sexuality and gender justice

    Sexual and gender justice may refer to the law but this is far from all it encompasses. A new Edited Collection from IDS entitled Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with It? calls for ‘other ways of thinking’ about how to advance sexuality and gender justice.