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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.
Breastfeeding and Gender Equality
The 1–7 August marks World Breastfeeding Week 2015, an annual campaign coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). This year the campaign calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work, whether in the formal sector, non-formal sector, or at home.

This update provides some key resources on the issue including advocacy toolkits and briefs on breastfeeding at work; research and briefs on maternity rights more broadly and a resource on understanding breastfeeding as a feminist issue.

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The unfolding of gender gap in education
N. Altinok; A. Aydemir / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
The gender gap in education against females becomes smaller as the level of development increases and turns in their favor in developed countries. Through analysis of regional variation in the gender gap within Turkey, which displays ...
Family planning and human rights - what's the connection and why is it important?
K. Newman; C. Feldman-Jacobs / Population Reference Bureau, 2015
That family planning saves lives is a simple health prescription that resonates globally. A critical challenge is to ensure that policies and programs embrace the well-established benefits of enabling women to choose whether and when ...
Intimate partner violence and family planning: opportunities for action
K. Gilles / Population Reference Bureau, 2015
Intimate partner violence (IPV) - physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former partner - is an issue that women in all regions and all countries experience. Globally, approximately one in three women who have ever been in a ...
ICTs for Feminist Movement Building Activist Toolkit
Just Associates (JASS), 2015
This toolkit draws on the experience and contexts of women activists in southern Africa and beyond. While it focuses on women’s rights activists, anyone who is part of a movement for social change will find it useful. The ...
Resourcing for resilience: lessons from funding women's rights movements
Z Moosa; C Stanton / CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation, 2015
The last few years have seen two related trends: a marked shrinking of civil society space in a number of countries, and a greater recognition of the need for targeted and appropriate resources to support enabling environments fo...
Protection in Europe for refugees from Syria
C. Orchard; A. Miller / Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, 2014
This policy note provides an executive summary of an accompanying policy briefing which considers the response of European countries to the refugee crisis in the Syrian region. Significantly expanded resettlement programmes off...
Releasing children’s potential and minimizing risks: ICTs, the Internet and violence against children
United Nations Children's Fund, 2014
The challenge of creating a safe online environment for children lies in developing a range of responses that strike the appropriate balance between maximising the potential of ICTs to promote and protect children’s rights while...
Breastfeeding: A Feminist Issue
P. Van Esterik / World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, 2015
In this activity sheet the author answers key questions on breastfeeding and feminism in an interview format. This would be a useful resource for the basis of a group discussion. Breastfeeding is an important women's, human rig...
World Breastfeeding Week Action Folder 2015
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, 2015
This six-page advocacy brief highlights the key issues in relation to breastfeeding and work. It sets out clear goals to help women better integrate productive and reproductive work. One goal is, for example, ‘Galvanise multi-di...
Mothers’ Agency in Managing Breastfeeding and Other Work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and New Delhi, India
A. Omer-Salim / Collegium for Development Studies, University of Uppsala, 2015
Combining breastfeeding and other forms of work is desirable from both public health and labour productivity perspectives. This is often challenging, especially in low- or middle-income fast-growing urban settings. The aim of this the...
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