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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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Trafficking and the Conflation with Sex Work: Implications for HIV Control and Prevention
S. Shah / United Nations Development Programme, 2012
The current dominant understanding of prostitution within some governments and within international organisations that provide policy guidance and recommendations to governments is based on the conceptual conflation of ‘human tr...
Sex Workers, Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation in Ethiopia
C. Overs / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2014
This case study explores economic, legal and social issues that affect sex workers, with a particular focus on the role of poverty in sex workers' lives and the potential for poverty alleviation policies and programmes to help lift as...
Is Scale-Up of Community Mobilisation among Sex Workers Really Possible in Complex Urban Environments? The Case of Mumbai, India.
A. Kongelf / PLoS ONE, 2015
In the last decade, community mobilisation (CM) interventions targeting female sex workers (FSWs) have been scaled-up in India’s national response to the HIV epidemic. This included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s ...
Map of Sex Work Law
Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
The interaction of law and poverty is a focus of the work on sex work of the Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme of the Institute of Development Studies. As part of that work it has produced an online map of brief, accurate summaries...
Towards a Legal Framework that Promotes and Protect Sex Workers’ Health.
C. Overs; B. Loff / Health and Human Rights, 2013
Complex combinations of law, policy, and enforcement practices determine sex workers vulnerability to HIV and rights abuses. We identify “lack of recognition as a person before the law” as an important but undocumented bar...
Can rights stop the wrongs? Exploring the connections between framings of sex workers’ rights and sexual and reproductive health.
C. Overs; K. Hawkins / BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2011
There is growing interest in the ways in which legal and human rights issues related to sex work affect sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV and abuses including human trafficking and sexual exploitation. International agencies, su...
Feminism, Power, and Sex Work In the Context of HIV/AIDS: Consequences For Women's Health.
A. Ahmed / Harvard Law School, 2011
The recognition that women’s inequality may be a driver of women’s vulnerability to contracting HIV has led to a series of feminist legal responses in an effort to address HIV. One of the deepest fault lines between femini...
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 ...
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