WISE welcomes the 2018 theme for International Women’s Day, #PressforProgress.  WISE especially welcomes the UN Women theme for 2018, Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives, and hopes that this re-centring of the struggle on the agency and voices of rural and urban activism will lead to a reclamation of the women’s rights agenda within development discourse by those who pioneered it.

WISE Development has recently undertaken a scoping study to inform investment and operational strategy for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Economic Advancement Program (EAP). The EAP will seek to increase economic benefits for female workers, particularly those working in the informal sector, and to increase the voice of women in economic policy making.

WISE Network Consultant Clare Bishop has devised a tool for assessing the gender responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives. On her recent blog on The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business, Clare Bishop writes about a tool that has been developed during a recent study undertaken by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development on women’s empowerment in agribusiness. The […]

WISE Director Georgia Taylor’s work with WHO on “Midwives Voices, Midwives Realities” cited in WHO statement to UN Commission on the Status of Women 2017.

The Director General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, has highlighted the findings of a report commissioned by WHO and partners, co-authored by WISE Director Georgia Taylor, in her end of year message.

WHO and partners are calling for an end to the discrimination, harassment and lack of respect that hinder midwives’ ability to provide quality care to women and newborns.

28 Too Many is a values based charity working to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Their primary focus is on research and enabling local initiatives to end FGM in the 28 African countries where it is practised and across the diaspora. They have just launched their Nigeria Country Profile. Download the full report

WISE director Dinah Bennett’s recent visit to China fortunately coincided with a milestone event in the progression of women’s empowerment through a unique contact sport which is a growing phenomenon globally.

The participation of women at all levels and the strengthening of the women’s movement has never been so critical, working together with boys and men, to empower nations, build stronger economies and healthier societies. It is the key to making Agenda 2030 transformational and inclusive

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a global problem because it is an abuse of human rights and has serious human capacity and vulnerability consequences for women. An estimated 35 per cent of women over the age of 15, some 818 million women globally, have experienced sexual or physical violence

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