Gender, Power and Sexuality: Connecting local voices to global arenas for equality and rights

The central aim of this programme was to influence norms and institutions at global and local levels to more effectively tackle the challenge of achieving gender equality.

Addressing priority issues for the Swedish International Development Co-operation on gender equality – sexual rights, health and gender-based violence, women's economic empowerment and working conditions, as well as equal political participation – the programme built on IDS' track record in convening dialogues, influencing debates and connecting those representing marginalised groups in the south with global policy spaces.

The programme achieved results in relation to:

  • Challenging stereotypes, values and structures that hinder gender equality
  • Understanding better the structures of constraint that limit the achievement of gender equality and what is needed to bring about and sustain change
  • Building alliances between actors, networks and movements in different policy arenas, to become more effective in influencing global and local policy processes

This programme was operational from October 2011 to June 2015 and was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Our reflective final report, Streams of Influence: Understanding our Influence on Gender, Power and Sexuality, tells the story of how the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme sought to bring about positive changes on gender equality imagined and then experienced the process of influencing.

Growth and Equal Opportunities for Women (GrOW)

The 27-month 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. 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

Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium

Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes. More details

Participation and Gender Justice: Political Empowerment

This project is part of the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme, funded by Sida. The project is working on two parallel initiatives, firstly, exploring political empowerment programmes for women and secondly, engaging with the international community to challenge and expose gendered forms of violence, particularly when this is politically motivated. 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

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This is the front cover to IDS Rapid Response Briefing, 'Examining the Implications of PrEP as HIV Prevention for Sex Workers'.

Examining the Implications of PrEP as HIV Prevention for Sex Workers

IDS Rapid Response Briefing 12 (2016)

Some people do not want to use condoms – because they want to conceive or they perceive that they are a barrier to intimacy. New medication to prevent HIV, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), could provide protection where condoms are not used. More details

This is the cover for the BRIDGE Cutting Edge pack on Social Movements.

Bridge Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Programme: Stories of Influence

Report (2015)

This story of influence provides an evaluation of the Bridge Gender and Social Movements Cutting Edge Programme carried out under the Sida sponsored Gender, Power and Sexuality programme. More details

This is the cover to Stories of Influence: Men and Masculinities.

From Dakar to Delhi: Politicising Thinking and Policy Discourse on Men and Masculinities

Report (2015)

This report discusses the process and progress of the Men and Masculinities stream of work within the IDS Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme, supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). More details

Front cover of 'Streams of Influence: Understanding our Influence on Gender, Power and Sexuality'

Streams of Influence: Understanding our Influence on Gender, Power and Sexuality

Report (2015)

The Streams of Influence report for the IDS Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme supported by the Swedish International Development Agency has been written for the purpose of supporting the programme in the process of learning about influencing, helping partners to unpack their understandings of change and where and how the programme has had influence. More details

This is the cover to Stories of Influence: Making Care Visible.

Making Care Visible: Influencing Story on Policy Change on Unpaid Care Work

Report (2015)

This story of influence provides the background to how the unpaid care strand of the Sida sponsored IDS Gender, Power and Sexuality programme has been working with partners in South and South East Asia and in international civil society and policy spaces to raise the visibility of women's unpaid care work as a key issue for development policy and practice. More details

This is the cover to Stories of Influence: Pathways to Women's Empowerment.

Pathways of Women's Empowerment: Stories of Influence

Report (2015)

This report explores the strand of work developed by the Pathways of Women's Empowerment programme under the IDS Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). It demonstrates how Pathways' existing work related to the overarching programme's emphasis on linking local voices to global arenas to influence policy discourses on gender justice. More details

This is the cover for the book Changing Narratives of Sexuality.

Changing Narratives of Sexuality

Changing Narratives of Sexuality engages with women's sexuality exploring marginal as well as dominant stories in which sexuality may figure overtly or covertly as the subject. This impressive collection brings together a broad range of arenas in which sexuality is embedded. More details

This is the cover for the book Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development.

Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development

Women the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women’s political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. More details

This is the cover for the book Feminisms, Empowerment and Development.

Feminisms, Empowerment and Development

The economic and political empowerment of women continues to be a central focus for development agencies worldwide; access to medical care, education and employment, as well as women's reproductive rights remain key factors effecting women's autonomy. More details

This is the cover of the book Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts.

Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts

Voicing Demands is a collection of analytical narratives of what has happened to feminist voice, a key pathway to women’s empowerment. More details

This is the image of IDS Bulletin 45.1, 'Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence'.

Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence

IDS Bulletin 45.1 (2014)

It explores the shifting field of men and masculinities and how often conflicted engagements with the feminist project of redressing gender inequalities might be radicalised through a deeper analysis of patriarchy and our relationship to it, as well as by linking it to other struggles for sexual and human rights, or social justice. More details

Non-IDS publication

Feminist Activism, Women's Rights, and Legal Reform

This collection investigates the relationship between feminist activism and legal reform as a pathway to gender justice and social change. More details

This is the image for Undressing Patriarchy: Redressing Inequalities.

Undressing Patriarchy: Redressing Inequalities

Patriarchy may be seen as an old-fashioned term with little relevance to current work on gender, yet these kinds of questions motivated participants to get excited about the notion of ‘Undressing Patriarchy’ and inspired them to draft background papers and to travel across the world to take part in this conversation. More details

cover of publication: Sexuality and Development: An Annotated Bibliography

Sexuality and Development Programme: An Annotated Bibliography

This is an annotated bibliography that has been put together by the IDS Sexuality and Development Programme. More details

cover page of In Brief publication on Gender and Social Movements

Gender and Social Movements

This In Brief bulletin, part of BRIDGE's Cutting Edge Pack on gender and social movements, explains why it is so important for all progressive social movements to commit to thinking about and transforming women’s rights and patriarchal power relations, both in their external-facing activism and their internal cultures and practices. More details

cover page of BRIDGE Cutting Edge report on 'Gender and Social Movements'

Gender and Social Movements Overview Report

This report has been developed as part of the BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Social Movements. More details

Cover page for S. Jolly paper 'Sexuality and the Economy in China'

Sexuality and the Economy in China

This publication examines the changing relationships between sex and money in contemporary China. Factors such as marriage or other forms of sexual expression still impact upon access to resources, whilst financial and economic status impacts dramatically upon access to sex and partners, as well as opportunities for pleasure and sexual expression. More details

Non-IDS publication

Paid Work, Women's Empowerment and Inclusive Growth: Transforming the Structures of Constraint

Drawing on household survey data collected in Egypt, Ghana and Bangladesh as part of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Partners’ Consortium, this report provides insights into the ‘resource’ pathways that enhance women’s agency and thereby contribute to the inclusiveness of the economic growth process. More details

IDS publications on international development research

30%: Women and Politics in Sierra Leone

Women and Politics in Sierra Leone - the trailer to the innovative documentary short about the 30% quota bill. More details

This is the image for 'Mobilising Men in Practice: Challenging Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Institutional Settings'.

Mobilising Men in Practice: Challenging Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Institutional Settings

Gender inequalities, and the violence that maintains them, are not simply a matter of individuals and their behaviours; they are maintained by the social, economic and political institutions that structure all of our lives. More details

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