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The role that gender plays in a range of broad development areas. Issues of focus include governance, gender based violence, the economy, sexual and reproductive rights, citizenship and social movements.
Browse back through our collection of previous monthly features on the Eldis Gender Resource Guide
Digital Security for LGBTI Communities
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world, especially in places where non-conventional sexualities are stigmatised, threatened or even illegal, access to online LGBTI communities provides essential space to connect with allies, friends and the broader movement, and to learn about more about sexual rights. These positive developments have however come with new opportunities for homophobic responses, violence and coercion. This update recommends a set of resources to help LGBTI communities improve their security both on and offline.
Migration and Marginalisation
What factors shape a person’s decision to migrate? Who stays behind in a war zone or highly insecure context, and why? The Institute of Development Studies has recently published two resources around the theme of migration and marginalisation which focus on gender, aging and sexuality as key influencing factors.
Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals
Gender equality is an essential part of sustainable development. This update provides info and resources on gender and the sustainable development goals – linking to the theme of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) event 14-24 March 2016.
Human Rights for Refugee Women and Girls
December 10th marks both Human Rights Day and the end of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign. We look at the intersection of these issues and ask - how do women and girls experience and respond to displacement as a result of conflict? And how do they access their human rights in these extremely challenging contexts? This update provides a collection of resources addressing these issues looking at Syria and other regions around the world.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence 2015
This special update marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and the International Day Against Violence Against Women. The annual campaign runs until Human Rights Day on 10 December and highlights the links between education, gender and militarism as ‘an encompassing patriarchal system of discrimination and inequality based on our relationships to power.’ This collection of key readings includes practical guides and academic research from the global to the local, including active situations war and conflict in Syria and Afghanistan, fragility in situations such as Colombia and peacebuilding in countries such as Uganda.
Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality
This update features recent key evidence-based research reports and regional case studies from around the world on engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality. The resources cover issues such as: men’s role in care-giving, domestic work and fatherhood; engaging men in ending sexual violence and child marriage; and the need for policies to better engage men in gender equality and building state capacity to implement them.
Beijing+20
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), celebrated by feminist activists as a triumph for women's rights, is 20 years old. This update features a handful of key resources which chart the slow process of turning the commitments of Beijing into real gains for women's rights and the implications for turning subsequent commitments into action. They show that the gap between the promises of protocols and the realities of women’s lives is still all too apparent, and ask the question where now for gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda?
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.
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.
Financing for Gender Equality
With the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) taking place in Ethiopia from 13-16 July, what is the relevance and importance of gender equality to global development finance debates? This update provides links to key resources which identify priorities, approaches and recommendations for financing gender equality with a focus on the post-2015 development agenda.
IDAHOT 2015
In this update we focus on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) – a worldwide celebration of Sexual and Gender Diversity on May 17th.

This guide features three practical resources for those working on LGBTIQ issues around the world.
Gender and Food Security
This update focuses on the gender and food security and highlights the new cutting edge pack and a selection of key relevant resources featured in the BRIDGE global resources database.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence 2014 - Resource Highlights
This update highlights some excellent resources linked to this year's 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign theme - militarism and gender-based violence. It also includes a link to a Storify which ran across the 16 days featuring many relevant news articles, videos, blogs and resources.
Women, peace and security – annual review of Resolution 1325
In this update we look at the progress of the women, peace and security agenda in relation to the recent annual review in October of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The Report of the Secretary-General reaffirms the importance of women’s empowerment for global peace and security, and highlights that there have been some significant achievements in 2013 including: the adoption of resolutions 2106 and 2122; the declaration on women’s economic empowerment for peacebuilding; the adoption by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women of its general recommendation No.30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations.
Sexual Violence in Conflict
This guide on conflict-related sexual violence provides summaries and links to some highly relevant readings in advance of the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, 10-13 June 2014.
Gender and Social Movements
In this month's update we provide links and summaries to some of the most recent resources on gender and social movements. Two excellent new policy briefs from the Institute of Development Studies BRIDGE team, on donor approaches and on social movement leader approaches to advancing gender justice, are key features of this update. They are the latest resources to be produced from the fantastic BRIDGE Gender and Social Movements Programme.
Global Gender Accountability
Global gender accountability has taken the spotlight recently with two key global gender reports being published. This update features these two reports alongside two highly informative essays/blogs which provide essential information and perspectives which link in with intensifying global debates around the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals, the emergence of the post-2015 framework, and the vital inclusion of gender equality within these.
Fundamentalisms and Women's Rights
Fundamentalisms are on the rise around the world with negative consequences for women’s rights. This guide features a handful of excellent resources on this difficult and broad issue including: practical guidance on fundamentalisms for human rights activists; regional studies into Christian and Islamic fundamentalist discourses around sexual and reproductive health and rights; recommendations on broadening understanding and developing more nuanced approaches to tackling fundamentalisms; an overview of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting (FGC), is a practice involving the cutting or removal of the external genitals. It is practised in 28 African countries and some communities in the Middle East and Asia. It is a violent and dangerous practice that leaves many girls and women physically, psychologically and emotionally damaged, and can result in serious long-term health problems or even death. This update provides links to campaigns aimed at ending FGM, as well as resources that provide background on the issue and innovative suggestions for moving towards abandonment of the practice.
Commission on the Status of Women 58th Session
This new gender guide provides a collection of resources on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 58th session entitled 'Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.'
Gender and Water
This guide provides a collection of resources that identify and address key gender issues in the water sector including water supply infrastructure and management, sanitation and hygiene, and climate change.
Pathways to Sexuality and Women’s Empowerment
 The resources in this guide complied by Pathways of Women's Empowerment bring together thinking on sexuality and women’s empowerment from around the world.
Pathways to Women's Empowerment - work and employment
The latest documents added below introduce some of the research on work (both paid and unpaid) undertaken by the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Consortium. It provides suggestions on how decision-makers can support mechanisms for improving women’s rights as workers, enhance their incomes and working conditions, and strengthen their ability to press for change.