Two women at a cultural management workshop in Ekaterinburg.

Dmitry Emelianov 

Our Approach

We take a holistic approach that tackles gender inequalities from a number of perspectives and demanding action from a range of stakeholders.  Our approach recognises that change is needed to support women and girls’ awareness, capacities and abilities, as well as creating opportunities and an enabling environment for empowerment. 

The British Council aims to provide opportunities through the creation of spaces in which women and girls can grow and thrive – so opportunities that can deliver real change in women and girls’ confidence, self-perception and ability to make decisions that will affect her life. 

The British Council collaborates with partners from different sectors to influence legislation and policy that promotes gender equality  – in some cases at the local level and in some others at the national level.

Given that discriminatory social attitudes, beliefs and social norms can negatively affect women and girls’ empowerment, some of the British Council’s work on women and girls also seeks to understand, explore and influence change in attitudes, as well as foster opportunities for influencing social norms in the longer term.


Our theory of change for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
A holistic approach to increasing gender equality and empowering women and girls

Our Theory of Change

We offer different opportunities for women and girls empowerment through a range of programmes in 110 countries. We have developed a theory of change for its work in this area, defining five ‘outcomes’ to frame the impacts that we aim to achieve in relation to women and girls’ empowerment:

  • Increased awareness and agency
  • Fairer access to resources and opportunities
  • Supportive legal and policy environment
  • Changes in attitudes, beliefs, practices and discriminatory social norms
  • Dialogue, collaboration and collective action