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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.

ODI Policy brief

How to partner with feminist movements for transformative change is a short breakdown of the what, why and how of feminist funding to promote building solidarity with those leading social change.

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Think Change: how can global feminists help fight back on Roe?

What does overturning Roe vs Wade mean for people living beyond US borders? This podcast discusses the international aftershocks of the news that this 1973 Supreme Court decision is set to be overturned.
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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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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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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 in the back-end of digital platforms, and the power of women's 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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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. “Our World Is Shaking Because of Corona”: Intersecting Crises and Disrupted Life Transitions among Young People in Ethiopia and Jordan Pre- and Post-COVID-19

    Journal issue/article

  2. Mental health and psychosocial well-being among adolescents in Tanzania

    Research reports

  3. Social protection and gender equality outcomes across the lifecycle

    Research reports

  4. Challenging violence against women in public life

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Does marching for change, change anything? Why mobilising against male violence changes everything

  6. Mobilising for change: how women’s social movements are transforming gender norms

    Research reports

  7. What do recent high-profile cases of male violence in the UK tell us about gender norms?

  8. The Impact of COVID-19 in Ethiopia: Policy Brief

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Weather and climate information services (WCIS) into use for health


  10. Disrupted education trajectories: Exploring the effects of Covid-19 on adolescent learning and priorities for “building back better” education systems in Ethiopia

    Journal issue/article

  11. The Effect Of COVID-19 on Economic Participation and Human Capital Development of Youth Living in Urban Slums in Bangladesh

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. The Gendered Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescents’ Education and School-to- Work Transitions in Bangladesh

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Adolescents in protracted displacement: exploring risks of age- and gender-based violence among Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and the State of Palestine

    Research reports

  14. Can broadcast media change gender norms? Lessons from South Asia


  15. Adolescent psychosocial well-being in Ethiopia: implications for policy and programming from the GAGE midline data

    Briefing/policy papers

  16. ‘My morale has been broken’: Exploring Ethiopian adolescents’ psychosocial well-being

    Research reports

  17. Why LGBTQI+ services must be intersectional

  18. Intersecting exclusions: experiences of violence and displacement among LGBTQI+ communities in Kenya

    Research reports

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