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    Overcoming barriers to access and agency for women entrepreneurs in India

    Despite various policies aimed at fostering women entrepreneurship in India, few women-led businesses reach the same scale as their male counterparts. Traditional gender roles often inhibit women’s agency, risk-taking, and decision making in business, thereby necessitating policies that are specifically aimed at helping women achieve their entrepreneurial potential. In...

    18 May 2022 | Shubhranka Mondal

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    How clean energy can empower women in rural communities

    Developing a gender-inclusive clean energy sector can empower women in rural communities as both consumers and producers of clean energy and help facilitate the transition towards a greener and more sustainable future. Supporting women’s advancement in the sector requires targeted policy focusing on increasing access to credit, training and skill development, education,...

    12 Apr 2022 | Sanjana Srivastav

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    Gender equality through secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa

    Early marriage and pregnancy can be detrimental to women’s health, agency, and labour market outcomes. However, compelling evidence from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) shows that each additional year of secondary education mitigates these risks in both the short- and long-term.   Over the last two decades, SSA has made enormous progress in increasing access to schooling in...

    7 Apr 2022 | Mathilde Sage

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    Addressing gender-based violence through public health: Evidence from India

    The framing of violence against women as a public health issue allows for more robust multi-disciplinary interventions through the healthcare sector and necessitates analysis of the sector’s capacity to recognise, intervene, and prevent GBV.   Gender-based violence (GBV) is recognised as a complex health problem rooted in patriarchal social norms and the economic...

    2 Apr 2022 | Keerty Nakray

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    Gender-based violence, empowerment, and public health: Towards a model of complex interventions in Bihar

    Gender-based violence still affects women’s daily lives and their opportunities for work and social mobility in India. This study aims to understand the complex dynamics of gender-based violence (GBV) in Bihar. This is a mixed-methods pilot study examining the structural determinants of gender-based violence and empowerment. Through data from multiple sources, the...

    31 Mar 2022 | Keerty Nakray

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    Progressing female labour force participation in Bangladesh

    Despite impressive achievements in schooling and microfinance for women, Bangladesh still has low female labour force participation. Data from rural Bangladesh suggests that strengthening agro-processing may increase female employment and productivity.  The success story of Bangladesh in advancing opportunities for women is well known. By 2015, Bangladesh became one of...

    31 Mar 2022 | Ashfaqul Chowdhury

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    Gender and public service provision: Evidence from Sierra Leone

    A field experiment in Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows how a concentration of wealth in favour of men could lead to the provision of public goods preferred by men. This implies that wealth disparity between men and women can have gendered spillover effects for political participation and the demand for public services.   In 2020, women made up 50% of the population in...

    29 Mar 2022 | Laura Montenbruck

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    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    The Indian Constitution reserves at least 33% of seats in rural local governments for women, and Bihar is among the nine states that have opted for 50% reservation. However, women remain heavily underrepresented at the state and central levels. This note investigates how gender interacts with caste, political campaigns, and experiences of discrimination, to shape...

    21 Mar 2022 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

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    Where are African women in climate change policy?

    Climate change is not experienced equally – Africa is more vulnerable to its effects than other continents, and African women are more vulnerable than men. A key underlying factor is women’s reliance on the natural environment. This article explores how African women can be prioritised in climate change policy through gender mainstreaming, focusing particularly on the...

    17 Mar 2022 | Kezia Fortuin

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    Targeting teenagers to bridge the gender gap in education

    Achieving gender equality in education remains a distant goal in many developing countries, with the COVID-19 pandemic stalling progress on many fronts. Emerging research, however, is highlighting promising, cost-effective programmes and interventions that deserve policymaker attention.   Despite significant progress in the last 25 years on increasing girls’ literacy...

    15 Mar 2022 | Emilie Yam