Gender equality and empowering women and girls in the UK

British Council research on gender equality and empowering women and girls in the UK: Strengths, challenges and international links

Call for evidence 

The British Council has commissioned a study to provide a stock-take of the current status of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the UK in relation to other countries. 

To help inform this research, we are looking for evidence of good practice that supports gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls This may include current and recent research, quantitative and qualitative data and information about current and recent interventions (projects, campaigns, models, frameworks etc). 

We are particularly interested in the following five priority areas:

  • Participation, Power and Leadership
  • Education (Schools, Further Education, Higher Education)
  • The Economy (Paid and Unpaid Work and Enterprise)
  • Justice and Violence Against Women and Girls (this will also be examined as a key priority of the SDGs and as an issue that cuts across our five themes)
  • Cultural sectors (including Arts, Sports and Technology)

The information you submit will be used by the British Council and partners as an internal resource for supporting ongoing work to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. We will also be publishing a short summary report of our findings in Autumn 2016 which will be posted on our website.

The deadline for submissions is 25 April 2016.

Research

We are seeking recent research on gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment in the four nations of the UK (i.e. since 2010). We particularly welcome research that captures the intersection of gender with other forms of discrimination. The research may be practice or research-based and where it has not been published before (online, or as a pdf) the owners must give their permission for the content to be published and shared with the British Council’s stakeholders.  

Please submit your ideas via this online link

Case studies

We are seeking recent case studies showing good practice that have the power to create change on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in the UK and globally over the last five years. We welcome case studies from the private sector, civil society, government and the public sector.  We also particularly welcome case studies that reflect the complexity of intersecting barriers to women and girls’ empowerment (such as disability, racism, poverty).  Where the case studies have not been published before, the owners must give their permission for the content to be published and shared with the British Council’s stakeholders. 

Please submit your ideas via this online link

 

About this research

In January 2016, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) began guiding policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end global poverty everywhere, permanently. 

The issue of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls features strongly within the SDGs, particularly Goal 5 and its indicators as well as being integrated into other goals.

The British Council has commissioned a study to provide a stock-take of the current status of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the UK in relation to other countries. We see this work as central to our role of “creating friendly knowledge and understanding” between the UK and other countries as well as contributing to revitalising the “global partnership” (Goal 17) to achieve the SDGs.

The research is intended to support UK and international stakeholders working in this sphere to learn from each other and collaborate more closely. It will raise awareness of the contribution that UK stakeholders from government, civil society, education and the private sector are making, highlighting any assets and strengths of the UK experience as well as identifying any gaps and opportunities for learning. It is hoped that the study will be used by stakeholders in the UK and internationally to share good practice and identify the impact of international linkages and collaboration.