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GENDER EQUALITY & INCLUSIVE GROWTH

Gender Equality and Inclusive Growth

Economic Policies to Achieve Sustainable Development

3 Jun 2019
Proponents of inclusive growth advocate for equity considerations to be at the front and center of growth policy. However, their principal concern is with class – not gender equality. This publication shows that economic growth is an inherently gendered process and gender-based inequalities can i...
SDGS FEMINIST MOVEMENT BUILD

The SDGs and Feminist Movement Building

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UN Women Discussion Papers
12 Feb 2019
This discussion paper views the whys and hows of feminist engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a broader context: the key UN-related processes from the time women began getting involved with them in the 1970s. This contextual analysis for the period from the 1970s up to 201...
GENDER EQUALITY POVERTY INTRIN

Gender Equality and Poverty are Intrinsically Linked

A Contribution to the Continued Monitoring of Selected Sustainable Development Goals

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UN Women Discussion Papers
18 Feb 2019
This discussion paper provides an updated analysis of gendered economic inequality in high- and middle-income countries. A review of the literature demonstrates that such an analysis needs to explicitly recognize that gender, poverty, and (economic) inequality are intrinsically linked. Specifical...
GENDER PARITY REPORT 2017

Gender Parity Report 2017

Impact 10x10x10

19 Feb 2019
The report figures show that a gap remains between the representation of women in the workforce and in leadership positions. Overall representation of women averaged 39.7% across the ten firms, while senior leadership roles held by women ranged from 11.0% to 33.0%. While this outperforms global a...
EMERGING SOL GENDER EQUAL 2018

Emerging Solutions for Gender Equality 2018

4 Feb 2019
The HeForShe Champions initiative confronts the gender inequalities faced in three key pillars of society: government, work and academia. Each Champion has made specific, stretching and measurable commitments towards achieving gender equality. This Report updates their progress over the past year...
SHORT HISTORY COMM STAT WOMEN

A Short History of the Commission on the Status of Women

25 Feb 2019
This publication illustrates the 70+ year-long history of the Commission on the Status of Women, which through 62 sessions has consistently advocated for the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and enjoyment of their human rights, in an effort to realize the substantive eq...
EVOLUTION MARRIAGE RELATION

The Evolution of Marriage and Relationship Recognition in Western Jurisdictions

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UN Women Discussion Papers
13 Nov 2018
Marriage as both a legal and social institution has long been the subject of critique for its role in the oppression of women. However, the institution has undergone significant change in western jurisdictions, particularly in the last few decades, which have seen (among others) divorce reform, t...
LOVE NOT PASSPORT TO SWEDEN

Love is Not a Passport to Sweden

Intimate Partner Violence against Migrant Women and the Proliferation of Rights' Statuses

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UN Women Discussion Papers
19 Sep 2018
This paper investigates how women’s right to live free from violence operates in the context of insecure immigration status. It is based on qualitative research addressing intimate partner violence against women with insecure immigration status in England and Sweden, analysed within a human right...
DISRUPTED FAMILIES

Disrupted Families

The Gender Impacts of Family Reunification Policies on Syrian Refugees in Germany

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UN Women Discussion Papers
18 Jun 2018
By the end of 2016, an estimated 6.5 million Syrian citizens were internally displaced, and more than 4.8 million Syrians had fled to neighbouring countries. While roughly half of all displaced and refugee Syrians are female, around three quarters of the estimated 550,000 Syrian asylum seekers wh...
HACER LAS PROMESAS REALIDAD

Hacer las promesas realidad

La igualdad de género en la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible

18 Jun 2018
Esta publicación proporciona una evaluación exhaustiva y fidedigna del progreso, los vacíos y los desafíos en la implementación de la Agenda 2030 y los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) desde una perspectiva de género. El informe monitorea las tendencias mundiales y regionales para alcanza...
TRADUIRE LES PROMESSES EN ACTIONS

Traduire les promesses en actions

l’égalité des sexes dans le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030

18 Jun 2018
Cette publication fournit une évaluation complète et fiable des progrès, des lacunes et des défis relatifs à la mise en œuvre de l'Agenda 2030 et des objectifs de développement durable (ODD) dans une perspective de genre. Le rapport suit les tendances mondiales et régionales dans la réalisation d...
AGRARIAN LABOUR & RES SUB SAHA AFR

Agrarian Labour and Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gender and Generational Change within Family Farms, 1980-2015

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UN Women Discussion Papers
22 Mar 2018
This paper traces the restructuring of rural families’ agricultural production, the intra-household division of labour, and land usage in the interim between the global oil price rise of 1979 and its precipitous fall by 2015. These decades witnessed smallholder export crop production becoming inc...
DOES GROUP FARMING EMPOWER RURAL

Does Group Farming Empower Rural Women?

The Indian Experience

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UN Women Discussion Papers
12 Dec 2017
Few programmes for economically empowering rural women in India have focused seriously on farming—the one occupation in which the women have most experience. Hence, two state-level initiatives in the early 2000s stand out, both because they focused on improving women’s livelihoods within agricult...
NEITHER HEROINES NOR VICTIMS

Neither Heroines nor Victims

Women Migrant Workers and Changing Family and Community Relations in Nepal

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UN Women Discussion Papers
30 Nov 2017
Circular labour migration is frequently portrayed as a gender-neutral phenomenon. Despite the growing literature on the feminization of migration, scholarly and policy literature is often gender-blind. In Nepal, over the last decade, the share of women migrant workers has significantly increased....
RECONFIGURING CARE RELATIONSHIPS

Reconfiguring Care Relationships

Ethiopian Migrants in Australia and Lebanon

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UN Women Discussion Papers
15 Oct 2017
Migration reconfigures care relationships as people adapt to employment, entitlements and care practices in a new context. While a rich genre of analysis of “global care chains” draws attention to how disadvantaged female migrant care workers from the global South fill the “care deficit” in high-...
TURN PROM INTO ACTION

Turning Promises Into Action

Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

25 Feb 2019
This publication provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and g...
GENDER ANALYS LABOUR MARKET OUT

Gender Analysis of Labour Market Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Recent Evidence from Cameroon and Mali

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UN Women Discussion Papers
31 Jul 2017
Using micro data from two recent labour force surveys collected in Cameroon and Mali, this paper explores gender differentials in labour market outcomes covering key areas such as occupational segregation, informality, part-time work and gender wage gaps. While women’s participation to the labour...
GENDER & LAND DISPOSSESSION

Gender and Land Dispossession

A Comparative Analysis

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UN Women Discussion Papers
15 Jul 2017
This paper seeks to advance our understanding of the gendered implications of rural land dispossession. It does so through a comparative analysis of five cases of dispossession that were driven by different economic purposes in diverse agrarian contexts: the English enclosures; colonial and post-...
GENDER EQUALITY HUMAN RIGHTS

Gender Equality and Human Rights

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UN Women Discussion Papers
31 Jul 2015
There is a strong commitment to equality between women and men in international human rights law. The various actors within the treaty system who are tasked with elaborating on the meaning of human rights in international law have given close attention to gender equality. This work evaluates thes...
CHILD FINAN TRANSF EARLY EDUC

Child-Related Financial Transfers and Early Childhood Education and Care

A Review of Key Developments, Impacts and Influences in Child-Related Support to Families

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UN Women Discussion Papers
31 Jul 2015
This publication examines policies for the support of families with children, in particular child-related financial transfers and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. The analysis is mainly focused on countries with institutionalized welfare states—primarily Western European and ot...
EXPAND HEALTHCARE ACCESS US

Expanding Health-Care Access in the United States

Gender and the Patchwork ‘Universalism’ of the Affordable Care Act

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UN Women Discussion Papers
31 Jul 2015
The United States has never assured the human right to health, including the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and access to all medical services. While there is some public financing of health care, mainly for older people and low-income children, the countr...
GENDER DIMENS PENSION SYSTEMS

The Gender Dimensions of Pension Systems

Policies and Constraints for the Protection of Older Women

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UN Women Discussion Papers
31 Jul 2015
Gender equality is one of the key challenges confronted by pension systems around the world. In a context of gendered labour markets, contributory pension systems face several constraints to guarantee universal and adequate pension benefits for women. Women’s life courses are characterized by lon...
ECON GROWTH SOCIAL REPRODUC

Economic Growth and Social Reproduction

Gender Inequality as Cause and Consequence

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UN Women Discussion Papers
30 Sep 2015
This work develops a set of regimes that link structures of economic growth with those of social reproduction. These regimes are then linked to groups of countries organized by economic structure and level of development to evaluate the macroeconomic consequences of a decline in gender inequality...
ARE GOVERNMENTS CATCHING UP

Are Governments Catching Up?

Work-Family Policy and Inequality in Latin America

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UN Women Discussion Papers
30 Sep 2015
This publication examines government policies toward the crucial nexus of work-family reconciliation, focusing on employment-based leaves and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. It starts by discussing the socio-economic context in Latin America. To illuminate regional trends and ...
DELIV DEVEL JUSTC FIN SDG AGND

Delivering Development Justice?

Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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UN Women Discussion Papers
16 Mar 2016
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a goal to achieve gender equality for all women and girls and a re-commitment to governments’ human rights obligations. At the same time, governments have agreed to a range of strategies for financing the Agenda that arguably undermine their ab...
FINANC GEND EQUAL CONTXT SDG

Financing for Gender Equality in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals

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UN Women Discussion Papers
20 Mar 2016
This publication identifies a series of macro-level tools to create a supportive environment and generate the resources to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to gender equality. A key argument is that financing for gender equality can be self-sustaining because of the feedback e...
GEND EQUAL SUST DEV PATHWAYS

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development: a Pathways Approach

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UN Women Discussion Papers
4 Jul 2016
The challenges of building pathways to sustainability and enhancing gender equality are both urgent. This work explores why they must be addressed together, and how this might be done. It puts forward a ‘gendered pathways approach’, as a conceptual framework for addressing the interactions, tensi...
INVEST GENDER-EQUAL SUST DEV

Investing in Gender-Equal Sustainable Development

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UN Women Discussion Papers
18 Jul 2016
This work develops an agenda for investing in sustainable development, with particular emphasis on local priorities, poverty alleviation and gender equality. Sustainable development can take many different pathways, even within the dominant ‘three-pillar’ paradigm (economy-environment-society) of...
INDIAN LAB MARKT GENDR PRSPCT

The Indian Labour Market: A Gender Perspective

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UN Women Discussion Papers
17 Feb 2016
This work provides an in-depth analysis of trends in labour outcomes of women in India based on employment-unemployment surveys. The publication brings out the gender differentials that exist in the employment status of women and men despite the existence of legal and policy framework for the emp...