We live in a crucial time for women and girls around the world. Despite the progress made so far, and despite representing half of the population, women and girls continue to lag behind men and boys on key rights, opportunities, and well-being, which hampers global development, leaving women and girls unable to give an effective contribution towards it, or to realise their full potential.
As of 2014, 143 out of 195 countries guarantee equality between men and women in their constitutions, but discrimination against women still prevails around the world, directly and indirectly, through laws and policies, gender-based stereotypes, and social norms and practices.
“We cannot all succeed if half of us are held back.”
Research developed by individuals and organisations aims to inform action, to prove theories, and to contribute to the development of knowledge in a field or study, and it is a way to understand various issues and create public awareness. The research undertaken worldwide in women’s and gender studies, helps to build evidence on the most pressing issues facing women and girls today, and it’s an essential contribution towards their empowerment, ensuring sustainable solutions regarding gender equality are backed by solid evidence.
Women’s and Gender Studies examine significant differences in the experiences of the sexes globally. Some of the important issues in people’s lives revolve around being a woman, being a man, or inhabiting a non-binary or any other section of the gender spectrum. The work of this group addresses the experiences of people around the world, and the knowledge that is created by these researchers is relevant in different areas of society like teaching, government, law, social justice work, international development, human resources, health, and media for example.
We are the only independent international organisation in Scotland promoting the international advancement of women through feminist and women-centred research, and a network of experts committed to promoting a fairer representation of women and better integration of gender analysis in research and innovation.
‘Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.’
UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres