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TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 6, March 2016

31 March 2016

As we have entered the era of the 2030 Agenda for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Issue no. 6 of “TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation” showcases how gender-responsive evaluation has an important role to play to ensure “no one is left behind.” More

Restoring Dignity and Building Resilience: Monitoring Report of UN Women's Programming in Za'atari Refugee Camp (June-October 2015)

29 March 2016

UN Women Jordan’s cash-for-work programme in refugee camp settings—as part of its holistic response to the Syria crisis, seeks to restore dignity and normalcy to refugees by providing them ways to engage their skills and labour in refugee camp-based economies. The programme combines cash for assistance with the provision of social services such as day care, emergency medical support, life skills and remedial education and civic engagement, to provide a holistic approach to supporting women’s empowerment and gender equality. The report presented reflects the findings of programme monitoring undertaken in 2015. The data highlights the importance of engaging people productively to build gender equality and combat violence against women, while enhancing household dietary diversity and food security through increased household spending. More

Supporting Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in Fragile States: Guinea, Lebanon and Sudan — Research Series Summary

22 March 2016

This brief summarizes the Fund for Gender Equality's three-country research series which focuses on grantee case studies in Guinea, Lebanon and Sudan. It offers cross-cutting highlights from the three full-length research briefs which comprise the series, including area-based findings, good practices and lessons learned. It also offers key conclusions and recommendations that aim to help women realize greater empowerment, equality and inclusive development. More

Supporting Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in Fragile States: Research Brief — Guinea

22 March 2016

Focusing on grantee case studies in Guinea, this research series offers a more nuanced look at the opportunities and barriers to women’s economic empowerment in three fragile contexts. Through area-based research, good practices and lessons learned, it outlines the local gender dimensions of fragility and offers a set of context-based recommendations to scale interventions that help women realize greater empowerment, equality and inclusive development. More

Supporting Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in Fragile States: Research Brief — Lebanon

22 March 2016

Focusing on grantee case studies in Lebanon, this research series offers a more nuanced look at the opportunities and barriers to women’s economic empowerment in fragile contexts. Through area-based research, good practices and lessons learned, it outlines the local gender dimensions of fragility and offers a set of context-based recommendations to scale interventions that help women realize greater empowerment, equality and inclusive development. More

Supporting Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in Fragile States: Research Brief — Sudan

22 March 2016

Focusing on grantee case studies in Sudan, this research series offers a more nuanced look at the opportunities and barriers to women’s economic empowerment in three fragile contexts. Through area-based research, good practices and lessons learned, it outlines the local gender dimensions of fragility and offers a set of context-based recommendations to scale interventions that help women realize greater empowerment, equality and inclusive development. More

Guidance on country portfolio evaluations in UN Women

17 March 2016

The country portfolio evaluation guidance has been developed to assess UN Women’s contributions to results at country level while shifting the focus from activities and outputs towards medium/long-term results. More

Discussion papers series

14 March 2016

The UN Women discussion paper series is a new initiative led by the Research and Data section of UN Women, to provide grounded, fresh and robust perspectives on some of the contemporary challenges to achieving gender equality and women’s rights, and offer insights into policy innovations that are making a difference in women’s lives. More

Financing for gender equality in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals

11 March 2016

This paper identifies a series of macro-level tools to create a supportive environment and generate the resources to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to gender equality. This paper was produced for an expert group meeting convened by UN Women on 'Women's empowerment and the link to sustainable development', in preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2016. More

Delivering development justice? Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

11 March 2016

This paper critically evaluates this potential contradiction with a focus on the key financing strategies of trade and investment liberalization, sovereign debt resolution, international private finance, and public-private partnerships, as well as the role of the global partnership for development. This paper was produced for an expert group meeting convened by UN Women on 'Women's empowerment and the link to sustainable development', in preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2016. More

Towards gender equality through sanitation access

11 March 2016

This discussion paper reviews the extensive literature on sanitation to show that inadequate access to this basic service prevents the realization of a range of human rights and of gender equality. This paper was featured at an event on Emerging Issues in Gender and WASH held during the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2016. More

Step it Up: Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

09 March 2016

This book compiles the concrete steps and measures to achieve gender equality under UN Women’s “Step It Up” initiative, pledged by 72 Heads of State and Government who came together at the Global Leaders' Meeting in September 2015. More

Tackling the gender pay gap: From individual choices to institutional change

02 March 2016

This brief synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on closing the gender pay gap and reducing inequality to promote social justice and extend state support to working parents. More

Redistributing unpaid care and sustaining quality care services: A prerequisite for gender equality

02 March 2016

This brief synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on redistributing unpaid care and sustaining quality care services. More

The Indian labour market: A gender perspective

29 February 2016

This paper provides an in-depth analysis of trends in labour market outcomes of women in India. It was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016, to be released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

Trade liberalization, social policy development and labour market outcomes of Chinese women and men in the decade after China’s accession to the World Trade Organization

29 February 2016

This paper analyses the trends in labour market outcomes of women and men in China in the decade after its accession to the World Trade Organization. It was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016 to be released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

Impact stories and thematic briefs

23 February 2016

The Thematic briefs outline UN Women’s work in key areas, such as Peace and Security, and Economic Empowerment, focusing on solutions and illustrating selected results. The second set of briefs, dubbed Impact stories, illustrate the human impact of a selection of UN Women programmes implemented at the global, regional or national level. More

MDGs Gender Chart 2015

23 February 2016

The 2015 Gender Chart details how women are faring in global progress in 2015, as the MDGs wrap up and the Sustainable Development Goals begin to take their place. It was jointly produced by UN Women and the UN Statistics Division for the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDGs Indicators. More

UN Women policy brief series

16 December 2015

The UN Women policy brief series synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on key policy areas around gender equality and women’s rights in an accessible format. The series aims to bridge the research and policy divide by identifying issues that require urgent policy attention and propose a set of suitable measures to address them. More

Why macroeconomic policy matters for gender equality

16 December 2015

This brief synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on creating an alternative macroeconomic agenda that is rights-based and gender-responsive. It draws on key findings of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2015–2016. More

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