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Violence against women

Global & Regional Estimates of Violence against Women

World Health Organisation, 2013

By compiling and analysing all available data from studies designed to capture women’s experiences of different forms of violence, this report provides the first such summary of the violent life events that many women experience. It documents not only how widespread this problem is, but also how deeply women’s health is affected when they experience violence.

Violence against Women: A EU-wide survey

EU Fundamental Rights Agency, 2014

This report is based on interviews with 42,000 women across the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU). It shows that violence against women, and specifically gender-based violence that disproportionately affects women, is an extensive human rights abuse that the EU cannot afford to overlook.

Why do some men use violence against women and what can we do to prevent it?

UNDP, UNFPA & UN Women 2013

The report presents the quantitative findings from the UN Multi-country Study in Asia and the Pacific, conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. It explores the prevalence of men’s use of violence against women in the survey sites, and shows what factors make men more or less likely to use violence.

Femicide: A Global Issue that demands action

Academic Council on the UN System, 2013

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2012, the Vienna Liaison Office of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) organized a one-day symposium on femicide. Member State representatives, social scientists, NGO representatives, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and feminist activists had the opportunity to speak about femicide and presented examples of best practice in fighting femicide. This publication is the result of this symposium.

Destined to fail: How violence against women is undoing development

Action Aid, 2010

In addition to being a gross abuse of human rights, as noted in various international and regional human rights instruments including CEDAW,38 violence against women and girls undermines the effectiveness of all international peace and development efforts. Violence against women and girls acts as a systematic barrier to women’s potential and ability to effect change in the world.

Global report on trafficking in persons

UNODC, 2012

This report provides information on offenders, victims and the trafficking flows of this crime throughout the world. According to the report, at least 136 different nationalities were trafficked and detected in 118 different countries…One of the most worrying trends is the increase of child victims.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence: What is the World Bank doing?

World Bank, 2013

SGBV is widely recognised as a development constraint that falls within the World Bank's mandate. This report is an effort to take stock of the experience of the World Bank in addressing SGBV, from 2008 to 2013, in order to capture lessons for engaging more strategically on this issue across the Bank portfolio.

Women's and girls' rights and gender equality

Voice and Agency: Empowering women and girls for prosperity

World Bank, 2014

Expanding women’s agency – their ability to make decisions and take advantage of opportunities – is key to improving their lives. This report represents a major advance in global knowledge on this critical aspect of women’s lives. The data and surveys cast an important light on the nature of constraints women and girls continue to face globally.

On Norms & Agency: Conversations about Gender Equality with Women and Men in 20 Countries

World Bank, 2013

More than 4,000 women, men, girls and boys from 97 communities in 20 countries across the world came together to discuss how women and men make decisions and how social norms shape everyday lives. These discussions underscored how informal gender norms, traditions, and beliefs govern and constrain behaviours and perceptions about one’s place in the world.

Gender Equality and Development

World Bank, 2012

The main message of this year’s report is that patterns of progress and persistence in gender equality matter, both for development outcomes and policy making. They matter because gender equality is a core development objective in its own right. But greater equality is also smart economics…

Because I am a Girl: State of the World's Girls

Plan International, 2013

Plan's annual report on the world's girls investigates what happens to adolescent girls in disasters, and how to better protect girls’ rights and well-being.

Girl Insights Report 2013

I know. I want. I dream: Girls' insights for building a better world

ICRW, 2013

The Girl Declaration outlines the call to action for girls in the post-2015 development framework. This report outlines the context and justifications for the Girl Declaration, consolidating the collective voices of adolescent girls from the developing world with a summary of evidence from relevant literature from sociology, anthropology, epidemiology and economics.

A surplus of men; a deficit of peace

Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea Den Boer, MIT Press Journals, 2002

If violence against women within a society bears any relationship to violence within and between societies, then it should be possible to see that relationship at work in societies where violence against women is exaggerated—that is, where offspring sex selection is prevalent. Specifically, internal instability is heightened in nations displaying exaggerated gender inequality, leading to an altered security calculus for the state.

Country Reports

No Private Matter: Confronting Domestic Violence in India

DASRA (India), 2014

Dasra’s research focuses on framing the nebulous and difficult issue of domesc violence in India with the principal aim of identifying high potential non-profit organisations that strategic philanthropy should look to support and scale. This nearly year-long initiative would not have been possible without the support of USAID, the Kiawah Trust and Omidyar Network.

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India: Women, Work & Employment

World Bank, 2014

This report investigates gender and female labor force dynamics by drawing mostly on data from five rounds of the National Sample Survey, India, between 1993-94 and 2011-12. Key findings from the study are grouped below in 3 section: Section 1 describes the dynamics of female LFP looking at its evolution in previous two decades; Section 2 presents the drivers of low level of female participation and its declining trend; Section 3 proposes possible areas of action.

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Addressing Comprehensive needs of adolescent girls in India

ICRW, 2013

This report provides the results of research undertaken by the International Center for Research on Women on programs targeting adolescent girls to understand the potential for and inform the design of comprehensive programs for girls that address both their productive and reproductive dimensions of their lives. The study was commissioned and funded by Ford Foundation, New Delhi Office.

Women and technology

Women and the Web

Intel, 2012

This report is the first compilation of the global data on how women in developing countries access and use the Internet. It provides key insights for policy makers, the development community and industry. Based on interviews and surveys of 2,200 women in developing countries, as well as interviews with experts and a review of existing literature, this report found that, on average, 23 percent fewer women than men are online in developing countries. This represents 200 million fewer women.

Women and mobile: A global opportunity

GSMA, Cherie Blair Foundation & Vital Wave Consulting, 2010

"The GSMA Development Fund, the Cherie Blair Foundation and Vital Wave Consulting ... produced this groundbreaking report that reveals for the first time the extent of the gender gap in mobile usage in many low and middle income countries. The research ... shows that a female in a low or middle-income country is 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a male."

Big Data for Social Innovation

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014

"Nonprofits and other social change organizations are lagging their counterparts in the scientific and business communities in collecting and analyzing the vast amounts of data ... generated by digital technology. Four steps need to be taken to improve the use of big data for social innovation."

Monitoring & Evaluation in a Tech-enabled World

Itad & Rockefeller Foundation, September 2014

By exploring the great potential for technology to further transform and advance traditional evaluation methods, this paper aims to highlight the current state of tech-enabled M&E while also maintaining a critical perspective which recognizes the limitations and inherent risks.

South East Asia Digital Future in Focus

ComScore, 2013

"comScore presents the 2013 Southeast Asia Digital Future in Focus, its report highlighting prevailing trends in web usage, online video, search, social media and e-commerce. Plus, a special country spotlight covers detailed digital media trends from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam."

Mapping Digital Media: Indonesia

Open Society Foundations, March 2014

“The volume and range of news sources have also been boosted by the growth of social media. The proportion of internet users participating in social networks is second only to Brazil in global rankings. Indonesians have also demonstrated a relatively strong appetite for both consuming and participating in news through social media platforms. There is a vibrant blogging culture reflected partly in regular offline conferences and gatherings of blogging communities around the country”

Lions go digital: The Internet’s Transformative potential in Africa

McKinsey Global Insights, 2013

"Following a decade of rapid urbanisation and strong economic growth, Africa is going digital. While just 16 percent of the continent’s one billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly. Evidence of what is to come can already be seen in Africa’s major cities, where consumers have greater disposable income, more than half have Internet-capable devices, and 3G networks are up and running."

The Economics and Funding of Women's issues

Watering the leaves, starving the roots: Status of financing of women’s rights organisations

AWID, 2013

This report provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the financial status of women’s organizations around the world. Based on a survey of over 1,100 women’s organizations in every region of the world, the report helps make sense of the rapidly changing funding landscape and makes recommendations for how to mobilize more and better resources for women’s rights.

New actors, New money, New conversations

AWID, 2014

Investing in women and girls as ‘smart economics’ has become a favoured strategy in development and philanthropy over the past several years, resulting in a host of campaigns and initiatives—including from actors in the private sector that had not previously been seen as “development” players—dedicated to supporting girls and women. AWID’s sought to understand how this trend was impacting women’s organizations.

Leaders for change: Why support women’s rights organisations?

WomanKind, 2013

This briefing note seeks to increase recognition of the unique and essential roles that women’s rights organisations and movements play in advancing gender equality and women’s rights around the world. It makes the case for increasing funding to southern women’s rights organisations and explores promising donor practices being used to achieve this aim.

Small and Growing Businesses: Investing in the Missing Middle for Poverty Alleviation

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), 2012

This working paper summarizes the existing literature on two key questions and charts an agenda for ANDE to facilitate and fund future research on this topic: (i) What kinds of firms employ or engage poor and low income people? (ii) Will these firms help people out of poverty?

Financial Services for Low-Income Women: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment?

ICRW, 2012

"This report examines the available evidence on the extent to and ways in which financial services have (or have not) contributed to women’s economic empowerment. It seeks to highlight the research gaps and identify priorities for research and practice as guidance for how to effectively invest in creating economic opportunities for women in the financial services sector."

How helping women helps business

McKinsey Quarterly, 2010

"Few companies make social investments specifically aimed at empowering women in developing economies, but we believe that supporting this goal is good business and good practice for all companies. In the course of our work, we’ve uncovered a startlingly wide range of ways in which private-sector companies can offer sizeable economic benefits not only to women and their societies but also to the companies themselves."

Rethinking how companies address social issues: McKinsey Global Survey results

McKinsey Insights, 2010

"The survey asked senior executives from companies headquartered around the world if and how their companies operate in developing markets, whether they are addressing social issues tied to economic development, and whether any of their development programs focus on women. The survey also asked about whether and how focusing on women has affected profits at these companies and, for companies not focused on women, what might cause them to do so."

Applied Womenomics

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014

"How Goldman Sachs deployed a far-reaching, data-driven strategy to further the cause of women’s entrepreneurship."

The Rise of Gender Capitalism

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014

"Investing with a gender lens can create financial and social impact by increasing women’s access to capital, promoting workplace equity, and creating products and services that improve the lives of women and girls."