Foreign Publications

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy

This strategy lays the groundwork for that aspiration, by identifying how our guiding principles should be reflected in our programmatic approach and activities, as well as in our day-to-day office work and internal policy and practice. As such, this strategy spans both our organizational functions and our project management cycle. In both arenas, we aim to undertake actions that transform relationships of power to create a world where everyone can communicate freely and have a voice in their future, where freedom of expression and access to information are enjoyed by all.
 
This strategy outlines our framework — a set of meaningful objectives which will shape the way we plan, design, implement, monitor and learn from our work. It is complimented by an ambitious action plan, which maps out specific and targeted activities to operationalize this strategy, with timeframes, indicators and responsibilities.
 
This strategy and the associated objectives and action plan were developed as an outgrowth of Internews’ five-year Women’s Initiative, “Women’s Voices, Powering Change” (https://women. internews.org). It has also been informed by foundational work done with the assistance of a grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). That grant focused on an external gender equality review of a multi-country program overseen by a UK-based program team, as well as initial work to develop an organisationally coherent gender and/or inclusion policy.

Accelerating Gender Parity: A Toolkit

Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017.

The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs tracks female entrepreneurs’ ability to capitalize on opportunities granted through various supporting conditions within their local environments and is the weighted sum of three components: 1) Women’s Advancement Outcomes (degree of bias against women as workforce participants, political and business leaders, as well as the financial strength and entrepreneurial inclination of women), 2) Knowledge Assets and Financial Assets (degree of access women have to basic financial services, advanced knowledge assets, and support for small and medium enterprises), and 3) Supporting Entrepreneurial Conditions (overall perceptions on the ease on conducting business locally, quality of local governance, women’s perception of safety levels and cultural perception of women’s household financial influence).

Rising to the youth employment challenge: New evidence on key policy issues

Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2016: SDG Baseline Report

The Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action

This Handbook usefully stresses that ensuring that all people affected by crisis are reached with a needs and capacities-adapted response is a matter of quality and effective programming, and is no longer a negotiable requirement for humanitarian actors. Integrating gender considerations into humanitarian programming contributes to enhancing access to assistance. By fostering meaningful participation of women, girls, men and boys, we can design our responses better. Affording protection to all groups in vulnerable situations must be a cornerstone of our efforts. We all need to do more to prevent and mitigate protection risks and ensure that adequate responses are provided. I hope that this Handbook will become an international resource that contributes to this work.
 
This handbook sets out the rationale for integrating gender equality into humanitarian action and provides practical guidance for doing so across sectors. The main objective is to support humanitarian actors in reaching all people affected by crisis by:

  1. Ensuring that the specific needs, capacities and priorities of women, girls, men and boys are identified and that assistance targets the persons and groups most in need;
  2. Informing women, girls, men and boys of their entitlements and available resources and engaging their participation and women’s leadership in programme design; and
  3. Monitoring and evaluating the impact of our programmes and strategies on those we assist, including identifying and dismantling barriers and discrimination, including by promoting and enabling women’s leadership at the community level and in other decision-making processes.

The handbook is divided into the following three sections:
PART A explains the basics of gender and why the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment is essential to effective, participatory and equitable humanitarian protection and assistance.
PART B explains how to integrate gender into the different phases of a programme cycle, using the United Nations-led humanitarian coordination process — the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) — as the working example.
PART C provides specific guidance in 11 sectors: cash-based programming; camp coordination and camp management; early recovery; education; food security; health; livelihoods; nutrition; protection; shelter; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This section sets out the key ways in which gender affects the outcomes of specific sectors and can be integrated across the HPC. The handbook provides practical guidance on developing sector-specific solutions using gender analysis. Given the importance of cross-sectoral coordination, where possible sector actors should review the content of all relevant sections and not just those that apply directly to their sphere of operations.
 
This Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action draws upon many tools, guidance documents and other resources developed by the United Nations, national and international NGOs and academic sources. Each sectoral chapter features a list of resources specific to that area of concern.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

The World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2017

Understanding masculinities, results from the International Men and Gender Equality Study in the Middle East and North Africa.

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is the first multi-country study of its kind and size in the Middle East and North Africa. Coordinated by UN Women and Promundo, in collaboration with local research partners, the report takes a never-before-seen look at what it means to be a man in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine today. Exploring key issues at home and at work, in public and private life, and their attitudes towards gender equality; It also provides women’s perspectives on the same issues.

This publication was produced under the Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, and was generously funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Women in Business and Management: Gaining momentum in Latin America and the Caribbean.

With an increasing number of skilled women professionals, Latin America and the Caribbean is set to become a global leader in gender diversity in business and management. The women’s labour force participation rate in the region increased from 48.5 per cent in 2006 to 49.7 per cent in 2016 – in stark contrast with the decline of the global rate during the same period. The report thus provides clear evidence that more women in the region have made their way in the world of work. The report also shows that the number of women tertiary graduates exceeds that of men in all countries in the region where data is available. Today, many more women are occupying professional, middle and senior managerial positions.