Interactions: real-time research on the empowerment of women and girls

20th September 2013

Eldis has joined forces with IDS and global partners to support a collaborative research programme - "Influencing Policies to Support the Empowerment of Women and Girls" - by creating Eldis Interactions - a new online resource featuring real-time research and analysis from the programme.

The website features updates and outputs from the research, incuding evidence reports as well as photo slideshows, case studies and country profiles.

The main aim of the research is to examine how to build an enabling environment for the empowerment of women and girls. Specifically, the research is split into three main areas:

  • Gender-based violence – examining how collective action, involving women and men in social movements and coalitions is able to effectively address gender-based violence. In particular it examines the involvement of men and boys in working on issues to do with gender-based violence.
  • Urbanisation and health – understanding the effects of urbanisation and urban environments on the health of women and girls in low-income settings. Examining issues of non-communicable diseases, mental health, sanitation, sex work, infrastructure and HIV.

  • Unpaid care – analysing the conditions under which policy actors recognise or ignore the significance of unpaid care work.

One recent, and particularly topical, addition to this resource is a table of profiles of collective actors working to tackle gender-based violence in Egypt's protest spaces.

Interactions is a pilot product which explores how Eldis content, web production and editorial skills can be used to enhance the reach, relevance and, ultimately, impact of an ongoing collaborative research process by promoting engagement with stakeholders from the outset.