Gender and Sexuality
IDS is well known for its progressive gender research, knowledge sharing and teaching, and for the central role it has played in the conceptual shift from a 'women in development' to a 'gender and development' focus, as well as for critically bringing sexuality and masculinities into gender theory, research and practice.
Since the 1970s, IDS has been at the forefront of challenges to individualised 'women-centric' understandings of gender and sexuality, holding up for scrutiny the 'myths' and narratives that have so often (mis)informed gender and development policy and practice, in order to inspire more inclusive approaches that have agency and diversity at their heart and tackle the drivers of gendered inequalities.
Originating in feminist thought and practice and seeing the personal as political, this agenda has been supported by robust yet innovative participatory methodologies and approaches to citizenship and power which engage a range of local and global actors from research, policy and civil society in a range of contexts.
Through research IDS strives towards a world free of social and gender injustice, where unequal gendered power relations are transformed and the rights of all human beings are upheld in ways that both challenge and transcend axes of social difference, including sexual orientation, class, race, ethnicity, religion and disability.
We engage progressive stakeholders and partners across movements, disciplines and domains in the generation of high quality, ground-breaking research and knowledge that challenges gender and sexuality 'myths' and stereotypes, and contributes to transformative policy, practice and activism.
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Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security
This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Food Security makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people. More details
Gender mainstreaming from the ground up for the World Food Programme
A participatory action-learning and knowledge sharing programme to improve WFPs gender-mainstreaming practices. More details
Voices for Change 'Gender Hub'
IDS knowledge-sharing professionals are developing a prototype e-hub for gender experts in Nigeria More details
Engendering Men: Evidence on Routes to Change for Gender Equality (EMERGE)
Our goal is to enable stronger leadership for working with boys and men to promote gender equality. We will do this by gathering, inter-relating and analysing evidence and lessons. These will be strategically disseminated in targeted and accessible formats for improved learning, policy and practice. More details
International Climate Fund: Enhancing Capacity to Deliver on Gender
A partnership between Coffey, IDS and RICARDO AEA has been formed to improve mainstreaming and targeting of women and girls in the International Climate Fund. More details
Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements
The BRIDGE Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements aims to inspire and support collaborative approaches to mobilisation around shared equity and justice concerns. More details
Men, Masculinities and HIV
The Men, Masculinities and HIV project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) programme, funded by Sida. This work stream aims to influence norms and institutions at global and local levels to more effectively tackle the challenge of achieving gender equality, and particularly looking at the role of men in this process. More details
Highlighting the Invisibility of Unpaid Care
This is a three year project explores why unpaid care work is merited little attention in development policy and programming. We are taking an action learning approach to engaging policy actors on unpaid care, tracking the effects, successes and failures of our policy influencing activities. More details
Sexuality and Local Voices
The Sexuality and Development project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) Programme, funded by Sida. More details
Sexuality and Development Programme (2007-11)
Supporting the realisation of sexual rights and access to basic services for those facing poverty and injustice More details
Where next for progress on women’s rights?06 Mar 2015
By Jenny Edwards
Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s law got to do with it?04 Mar 2015
By Elizabeth Mills
Why women’s rights lie at the heart of the 2015 Nigerian elections02 Mar 2015
By Stephen Wood
MHealth and sexual and reproductive health rights19 Feb 2015
By Linda Waldman, Marion Stevens
The fine line between unpaid care work and domestic servitude05 Feb 2015
By Rachel Moussie
Advocating for Care in the post-2015 agenda17 Jan 2015
By Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed
Understanding sexuality and disability in China22 Dec 2014
By Xiapei He
Voices Loud, Clear and Diverse at the Cutting Edge of Sexuality Research10 Dec 2014
By Cheryl Overs
Patriarchy: how change is happening in oppressive gender orders17 Nov 2014
By Thea Shahrokh