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Reframing Gender Justice in an Unequal, Volatile World

IDS' new directions for future research on gender & sexuality

Considering the positive and negative influences of current trends on progress or regress in sexual and gender justice terms - and conceiving of directionality and dynamics within complex adaptive social systems - we have built on past areas of strong work to identify four priority streams for further investigation in the coming years:

  • Women's economic empowerment and migration
  • Men and masculinities for equality, peace and justice
  • Gender, sexuality and digital development
  • Sexuality and poverty

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Read our blog on the need for a fresh agenda for advancing women's rights and gender equality in turbulent times.

Latest updates

Case studies throw fresh insight on women, work and care

Emerging findings from an IDS-led project on Balancing unpaid care work and paid work, part of the global Growth and Equal Opportunities for Women programme (GrOW), has thrown fresh insights into women’s “double-burden” – the responsibility assigned to them of being primarily responsible for care in their home and the need to earn income. 

Case studies provide a ground-level view of the physical, emotional and mental toll on individual women’s lives resulting from long hours spent on back-breaking unpaid household chores, such as collecting and carrying firewood, caring for children or the sick and elderly, and (often manual) paid work such as stone-breaking.

Hindi comic strips share the message

As part of the uptake for this research, the Alliance for Right to Early Childhood Development in India have created two comic strips exploring the Importance of women's work and recognition for womens unpaid work. In Hindi, with translations in English.

Addressing unpaid care for economic empowerment of women and girls

In response to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Oxfam organised a call for evidence on what works for positive change in the care economy. Information from the call has been collated and synthesised into a position paper that was presented to Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, member of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, as part of her consultation exercise prior to the HLP meeting in July 2016, and is now available to download.

As part of the call for evidence on care, IDRC, IDS and Oxfam also convened two webinars to discuss the scale of the challenge, what progress has been made, and to ask why has it stalled. View them online here: session 1 from June 7th and session 2 from June 8th, 2016.

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.

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.