The Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) commitment to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all will be achieved only if development initiatives consider and promote the unique needs, knowledge, roles, and potential of women and girls.
IDRC funds research that supports gender equality, facilitates women’s empowerment, and builds the capacity of female researchers to become leaders. By supporting research that confronts the structural and root causes of gender inequalities, IDRC helps to ensure that women, young girls, and children can take advantage of the same opportunities as men.
The Centre joins the worldwide call for collective action and shared responsibility for achieving gender parity and a safe, inclusive environment for all women.
IDRC fully endorses the rights of all women and girls to equal opportunity, and to lead lives free of violence and discrimination.
What does empowering women look like?
It looks like high quality, demand-driven, policy-relevant knowledge, partnerships, and networks in the pursuit of effective, evidence-based action to reduce gender disparity, improve opportunities, and embrace women’s autonomy.
It looks like supporting evidence-based research that fosters effective and long-term action to reduce social inequality, foster greater gender parity, and build a safer world.
It looks like promoting agricultural innovations that improve women’s income and access to markets, promoting female entrepreneurship in technology-based interventions, and examining how care work and other domestic duties are valued and redistributed inside and outside the household.
These projects explore some of the many ways that IDRC-supported research is promoting gender equality and ultimately contributing to the SDGs. By sharing efforts to empower women, IDRC is contributing to a vital global conversation that will help make gender equality a reality worldwide.
Gender in context
Women are significantly underrepresented in science, making up only 28% of all researchers globally.
Coding Rights leverages creative feminist approaches to support online rights.
What the Global South’s most comprehensive mobile and Internet use database says about gender.
Women all over the world are harnessing their collective power to address inequalities.
Women’s groups in two Tanzanian districts identify sustainable, culturally relevant strategies for better antenatal care services.
New technologies, behavioural interventions, and changes in social norms can address gender barriers to financial inclusion.
Climate-smart agriculture increases farmers’ resilience to climate change while improving food security and increasing incomes.
We must move beyond job creation for women to be successful in the Blue Economy.
All too often, agricultural research results are published in journals and discussed at conferences, but fail to influence policy or reach farmers or consumers.
Perspectives on gender and women’s empowerment
- A safe space on stage
- A decade of improving food security around the world
- Breaking the bonds of childhood marriage
- Transforming gender relations to achieve financial inclusion
- M’resh means beautiful
- A good proposal
- The village edge
- Making women visible with civil registration and vital statistics systems
- Improving Africa's food-security, one woman at a time
- Maternal and child health is a community affair in Senegal
- From disaster, a new digital economy for Haiti
- Maternal health enters the information age in Peru
- Mapping sexual harassment in Egypt
- Adapting to a new environmental reality in Morocco
- Mexico’s digital money revolution
- Constructive connections in Costa Rica