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The purpose of this guide is to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on the role of gender equality issues in achieving development goals. It aims to inform dialogue, learning and the sharing of good practice around areas such as gender mainstreaming, measuring change, legal and policy frameworks on gender and human rights, and successful initiatives from the field.
Sex Workers' Rights
This update reflects on Amnesty International’s decision to develop a policy that supports the full decriminalisation of all aspects of adult consensual sex work. It includes a link to a very informative blog by Cheryl Overs and Ntokozo Yingwana from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), along with is a selection of key resources on sex work which look at a variety of issues, including how law, policy, and enforcement practices determine sex workers vulnerability to HIV and result in rights abuses. They also discuss the regulation of commercial sex, the rights of sex workers, and strategies for reducing sex workers vulnerability to HIV, exploitation and violence.

Latest Documents

Beijing+20: Where Now for Gender Equality?
J. Edwards (ed); A. Cornwall (ed) / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), celebrated by feminist activists as a triumph for women's rights, is 20 years old. The world that it once described has changed profoundly in some respects, and yet in others rem...
Section J: Promote ICT in Women's Rights
The Association for Progressive Communications, Women's Rights Programme (APC WRP) has been leading a campaign to reprioritise Section J in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action due to the important role that media and inter...
Promoting successful transitions to employment for Egyptian youth
C. Krafft; R. Assaad / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
This Policy Perspective argues that active labor market policies, such as public employment schemes, wage subsidies, job search assistance, and skills training have not been effective in improving the quantity or quality of employment...
Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development
I. Boto (ed); A. Moglan (ed); T. Woldetsadick (ed) / Small Island Economies - CTA Brussels, 2015
Research has found strong reasons to emphasise women’s economic empowerment in developing programs: firstly, economic empowerment is one of the most powerful routes for women to achieve their potential and advance their rights; ...
The quality of death: ranking end-of-life care across the world
S. Murray; D. Line (ed) / The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015
In many parts of the world, hospice and palliative care is either non-existent or in its infancy, with about 5bn people living in countries with insufficient or no access to medications to control severe or moderate pain, according to...
India exclusion report 2013-14
Centre for Equity Studies, 2014
By consolidating and generating knowledge around exclusion, the India Exclusion Report seeks to inform public opinion and debate on these issues, and to influence the political class and policy makers towards more inclusive, just and ...
Gender, enterprise ownership, and labor allocation in MENA: the roles of Islam, oil, and government policies
H.S. Esfahani; R. Bahramitash / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
This paper documents a relatively low share of women among small and medium enterprise (SME) owners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This phenomenon appears to be related to the low female labour force participation (LFP) r...
Cyber violence against women and girls: a world-wide wake-up call
The Broadband Commission, 2015
Millions of women and girls around the world are subjected to deliberate violence because of their gender. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) knows no boundaries, cutting across borders, race, culture and income groups, profoundl...
Community-based rehabilitation for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review
The Campbell Collaboration, 2015
There are estimated to be over one billion people with disabilities globally and 80% of them live in low- and middle-income countries. They are often excluded from education, health, and employment and other aspects of society leading...
Lessons learnt of Thai women environmental leaders
S. Dilokwanich; S. Kaewsawang; S. Savatdipap / Thai Society of Higher Education Institutes on the Environment, 2015
This research explores why Thai women have become environmental leaders, how they work so successfully as an environmental guardian, and what their next steps could be. It highlights that during the past few decades, Thai women...
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