Resources on women’s rights and gender equality
Brigden, S. and Ahluwalia, K. (2020), Humanity Inclusion.
This Disability, Gender and Age Resource was developed as a guide for Humanity Inclusion staff across the international federation to better understand intersectionality as a way in which multiple individual characteristics and societal factors intersect to compound discrimination in any given context. Section A introduces the concepts of disability, age and gender as social constructs and the need to transform unequal power relations. Section B includes some more practical guidance on inclusion and bias; the need to consider the wider environment; how to work with social norms; how to understand power differently; and empowerment and participation processes.
Laws, E., Brigden, S., Ahluwalia, K. (2018)
This report examines the extent to which authors and development practitioners who identify with the principles and methods of thinking and working politically have used them to consider gender-related issues. It also looks at how power and politics are approached in some common tools for gender analysis.
It is part of the Gender and Politics in Practice series, and is published in collaboration with the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre.
Derbyshire, H., Dolata, N. and Ahluwalia, K. (2015) Gender and Development Network Briefing Paper.
This paper, produced by the Gender and Development Network (GADN) Gender Mainstreaming Working Group, explores the concept and practicalities of gender mainstreaming. It draws on learning from staff with responsibility for gender mainstreaming in 9 UK based INGOs and their Southern based partner organisations; wider discussions with GADN members and women’s rights activists; as well as the personal experiences and reflections of the authors. It elaborates a Theory of Change setting out the component parts of gender mainstreaming, how these relate to each other, and how they collectively contribute towards the wider goal of gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights
Ahluwalia, K. In Wallace, T. and Porter, F. (Eds), (2013) ‘Aid, NGOs and Women’s Lives’, Practical Action.
The Nkyinkyim Anti-Violence programme stands out as a beacon of good development practice and resulted in significant improvements in the lives of women and girls in Ghana. The programme focused on achieving changes within the lives of predominately poor, rural women and girls experiencing violence and the changes in attitudes and behaviours of those around them. The programme took a bottom-up, responsive approach and enabled women themselves to determine what needed to change. Women themselves shaped, altered, and benefited from the programme. However, this approach became increasingly ‘at odds’ with donors in the UK who were under pressure to demonstrate success through quick results for large numbers of women. The challenge for the NGOs involved was how to remain true to the principle of enabling women to lead the changes in their own lives whilst trying to comply with every changing and increasing donor demands.
Wallace, T., Ahluwalia, K., Hendriks, and S., Munive, A. (2013). Plan International (internal).
These guidelines support Plan International offices to undertake a Gender Equality Self-Assessment (GESA). They highlight the core elements to be addressed by a GESA. They explain what a GESA is, why it is important, and how to undertake the process. The guidelines emphasise the participatory and reflective nature of the GESA process
Swarup, A., Dankelman, I. Ahluwalia, K. and Hawrylyshyn, K. (2011). Plan International.
This report demonstrates not only how climate change disproportionately affects girls, particularly adolescent girls, but also how girls’ agency is crucial for tackling future challenges of climate change adaptation. Given the space and voice, girls are capable of identifying and taking actions that will help to protect themselves and their communities. In order for this potential to be realised, organisations working on women’s and girls’ rights must be given the opportunity to contribute. Acknowledging women and girls as vulnerable groups is not enough. Planners need to allocate climate change adaptation funding to enable girls to be effective agents of change