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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

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What we do

Exploring challenges and pathways to gender equality and social inclusion through research, partnerships and knowledge exchange.

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5 ways to unlock feminist activism

Five tips on how the international community can meaningfully support social movements and feminist change from below.
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Challenging violence against women in public life

The many faces of violence against women in public life exposes the gendered and misogynistic belief that political space belongs to men. This ALIGN Briefing outlines key trends, root causes and emerging solutions.
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Event recording: Unlocking feminist activism

Watch a discussion on the power of women's social movements to advance gender justice, with leading feminist activists, thinkers and policy-makers.
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Women raising symbolic green smoke bombs take part in a rally at the National Congress, defending their legal right to safe and free abortion in Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2020.

Mobilising for change

Read new ALIGN research which lays out the important impact of women's and feminist social movements on changing gender norms around the world.
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Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN)

ALIGN brings together global research on gender norms to share lessons for transformative change. Our platform enables a community of researchers and thought leaders to understand patriarchal gender norms, sharing knowledge on key drivers of change.

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Gender norms and social media

For International Women’s Day 2022, ALIGN launched a 2-part research series to understand if social media is changing gender norms, and if so, how? Together these reports tackle the patriarchal bias embedded in hidden back-end infrastructures of digital platforms, and the clear transformative power of feminist online activism.

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From the ALIGN report: Hashtags, memes and selfies: Can social media and online activism shift gender norms?

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)

A nine-year research programme exploring how to empower adolescent girls through policy and programming. Recent work focuses on six domains of girls' well-being.

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'Life is not good in this camp': unheard voices podcast

Hear young people's stories as they navigate and reflect on their uncertain status as displaced citizens in some of the world's refugee camps.

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Adolescents in Humanitarian Crisis

The team

How we work

  • Gender norms

    We identify the drivers of discriminatory gender norms and most effective routes to change. Our flagship ALIGN research proposes evidence-informed pathways to gender justice through understanding the informal rules that influence gender relations through sexist attitudes and behaviours, and key drivers of transformation. We focus on the role of media and political representation, the power of social movements and positive masculinities.

  • Intersectionality

    An intersectional approach guides our research, particularly on issues of class, age, race and ethnicity, (dis)ability, sexual orientation and gender identity. We explore how differing oppressions intersect with gender norms to affect experience, life chances and realisation of rights. Our focus is on the norms, practices, structures and institutions that intersect with one another to contribute to marginalisation and inequality.

  • Political voice and leadership

    Our work on political voice and leadership explores pathways and barriers to equal participation in political space. This includes in leadership roles, at decision-making tables and within social movements. We consider how gender norms limit women’s political power and exacerbate their exposure to gendered violence in public life, proposing policy strategies for change.

  • Economic empowerment

    Our analysis on youth skills, women’s employment and the care economy has informed donors, governments and international policy processes. Focusing on women’s economic empowerment from adolescence to adulthood, we provide evidence on what works for skills development and access to productive assets; credit and decent employment; expansion of land rights; and shifting social norms to enhance women’s financial inclusion.

  • Education

    Through examining how formal and informal education contributes to girls’ skills and wider agency in making life decisions, we identify practices and innovative approaches to enhance gender equality. This includes reducing financial barriers to education, curriculum reform, and teacher training. We also present ways to mitigate threats to girls’ education in conflict-affected contexts, with strategies to combat gender-based violence in schools.

  • Health and well-being

    Research on gender and health spans sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases as well as sexual and gender-based violence. Our growing work on gender, mental health and psychosocial well-being adds depth and nuance to an area traditionally dominated by biomedical approaches, also exploring the social determinants of mental ill-health.

  1. Supporting resilience among young people at risk of child abuse in Ethiopia: The role of social system alignment

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  2. ‘The School Was Closed, So When They Brought Me A Husband I Couldn’t Say No’: Exploring the Gendered Experiences of Child Marriage Amongst Adolescent Girls and Boys in Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  3. Intersecting barriers to adolescents’ educational access during COVID-19: Exploring the role of gender, disability and poverty

    Journal issue/article

  4. Agency and Empowerment for Adolescent Girls: An Intentional Approach to Policy and Programming

    Journal issue/article

  5. Hashtags, memes and selfies: Can social media and online activism shift gender norms?

    Research reports

  6. Hidden in plain sight: how social media infrastructure shapes gender norms

    Research reports

  7. Making the “Unthinkable” Thinkable: Fostering Sustainable Development for Youth in Ethiopia’s Lowlands

    Journal issue/article

  8. Climate Risks and Truncated Opportunities: How Do Environmental Challenges Intersect with Economic and Social Disadvantages for Rohingya Adolescents in Bangladesh?

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  9. Teaching and learning for life skills development: Insights from Rwanda’s 12+ programme for adolescent girls

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  10. Mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents in Viet Nam

    Research reports

  11. Adolescent lives in Bangladesh: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Adolescent lives in Ethiopia: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Adolescent lives in Cox's Bazar: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Adolescent lives in Lebanon: what are we learning from participatory evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Adolescent lives in Jordan: what are we learning from longitudinal evidence?

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. Why indigenous voices matter in the fight for climate and gender justice

  17. What would an inclusive and fair COP26 have looked like?

  18. Break the bias to challenge gender norms on social media

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