Women’s Rights & Gender Equality

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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.