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Women’s Economic Empowerment

Published in 2017

Source: Overseas Development Institute

Women’s economic empowerment is a global policy priority, captured in related targets for all countries in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Efforts to achieve these targets have been galvanised by initiatives, yet women in the UK and around the world continue to struggle to access equal economic opportunities. This paper highlights the challenges, opportunities, policy […]

Knowing Our Rights: Women, Family, Laws and Customs in the Muslim World

Published in 2017

Source: Women Living Under Muslim Laws

This handbook, a result of 10 years of research and collective analysis is an outcome of the Women & Law in the Muslim World action-research Programme of the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML). It covers twenty-six topics relevant to marriage and divorce, including the status of children (paternity and adoption) and […]

Fundamentalisms in Asia-Pacific: Trends, Impact, Challenges And Strategies Asserting Women’s Rights

Published in 2017

Source: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

This report was initiated by APWLD to develop an understanding of fundamentalisms, their impact on women and their relationship with contemporary political and economic developments. The first part maps the manifestations of fundamentalisms in the region through country overviews to call attention to the ways in which women’s rights and democracy are targeted. This is […]

Christian Fundamentalisms and Women’s Rights in the African Context: Mapping the Terrain

Published in 2017

Source: AWID

This case study explores the dynamics of Christian fundamentalisms in sub-Saharan Africa and the impacts of fundamentalist doctrine, advocacy and mobilization on women’s rights in the African context. It aims to begin to elucidate the ways in which activists understand and define Christian fundamentalisms, highlight the agendas and some of the impacts of fundamentalist activity […]

Reaching Poor People with Services in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Published in 2017

Source: Sida, Norad

This report outlines the outcome of the evaluation to assess the relevance and effectiveness of the work of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in promoting sexual reproductive health and rights through its services, advocacy efforts, and information sharing. One key interest highlighted was on how IPPF works at country level and the extent in which […]

“Woman” in the European Human Rights System: How is the Reproductive Rights Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights Constructing Narratives of Women’s Citizenship?

Published in 2017

Source: Columbia Law School

Reproductive rights are constructed through a gender-conscious reading of already recognised human rights. Despite the increasingly strong recognition of reproductive rights in international human rights law by the treaty-monitoring bodies and international tribunals, the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights reflects a limited understanding of women’s experiences, does not adequately challenge gender stereotypes, […]

Evaluation of the Impact of the Voucher and Accreditation Approach on Improving Reproductive Health Behaviors and Status in Kenya

Published in 2017

Source: BioMed Central Ltd

Alternatives to the traditional ‘supply-side’ approach to financing service delivery are being explored. These strategies are termed results-based finance, demand-side health financing or output-based aid which includes a range of interventions that channel government or donor subsidies to the user rather than the provider. However, there is a paucity of evidence describing how the programs function […]

Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: On Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion

Published in 2017


This essay examines the stereotype that transgender people are “deceivers” and the stereotype’s role in promoting and excusing transphobic violence. The stereotype derives from a contrast between gender presentation (appearance) and sexed body (concealed reality). Because gender presentation represents genital status, Bettcher argues, people who “misalign” the two are viewed as deceivers. The author shows […]

Introduction: Sexuality Matters

Published in 2017

Source: Institute of Development Studies

This IDS Bulletin addresses a theme that mainstream development has persistently neglected: sexuality. Sexuality is about policy, programming and power relations, but it is also about pleasure and danger, feelings, sensations, emotions, skin, flesh and body fluids (and hopefully orgasms too!). This publication brings together the human side of sexuality with macro-political and analytical issues. […]

The Community-Level Effects of Women’s Education on Reproductive Behavior in Rural Ghana

Published in 2017

Source: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Using survey data collected in rural Ghana during the 1980s, this study examines whether a woman’s interest in fertility regulation and contraception is influenced by the education of other women in her community. The finding suggests that female education has a greater capacity to introduce novel reproductive ideas and behaviors into rural areas of Africa and […]