'Social enterprises are businesses.' Photo (c) Hand in Hand International licensed under CC-BY-2.0, adapted from the original.
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Hand in Hand International, licensed under CC BY-4.0 and adapted from the original.

The following reports and research have been commissioned by the British Council to inform our work on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls as well as contributing to knowledge and understanding of the issues in the UK and globally.

Activist to entrepreneur: the role of social enterprise in supporting women’s empowerment

Empowering all women and girls and achieving gender equality are not only moral imperatives, they are crucial to creating inclusive, open and prosperous societies. Yet the barriers to doing so by 2030, as targeted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5, are daunting. 
The search for enhanced ways of addressing and funding this issue has inspired this new British Council report

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Women and girls: Making a lasting difference A critical reflection on the impact of the British Council’s work with women and girls from 2010 to 2015

This study helps to qualify and understand better the impact of the British Council’s work upon reducing gender inequality through the empowerment of women and girls.

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Gender equality and empowering women and girls in the UK: Meeting the challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This study provides a stock-take of the status of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the UK in relation to the global commitments to achieving the SDGs by 2030.

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Unlocking a World of Potential - Core Skills for All

This brochure is a product of the global inclusion conference that took place in Dubai in 2016.  It focuses on access and engagement, with articles and case studies on inclusive education policies and practice drawn from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as India and Turkey.  Topics include challenging gender inequality, special educational needs, effective leadership, and language learning.  The brochure concentrates on how a consideration of theoretical models can empower practitioners to look at issues from a fresh perspective, allowing the development of new ways of thinking and finding new solutions to some old challenges.

Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Rejection, Refusal, Reluctance, Revisioning

Based on research conducted in six countries across South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) this report finds complex and multi-dimensional barriers to women’s leadership in higher education.  These range from social, cultural and economic barriers in each country, the organisational culture in universities, discrimination in recruitment and selection, and unequal power relations.  The report also found some enablers to women achieving leadership positions, including training and development, support and mentorship and international networks and mobility across the region.

Girls Education in Nigeria: Issues, Influencers and Actions

Based on literature reviews this report collates information on gender parity in basic education in Nigeria.  It also identifies critical decisions, decision-makers and influencers of girls’ education at school, community and local levels in Nigeria.

Gender in Nigeria Report 2012: Improving the lives of girls and women in Nigeria

This report presented an evidence base on the status of women and adolescent girls in the country. It was developed to influence key decision makers and policy makers in the federal and state governments and the National Assembly, as well as religious leaders, the banking sector, the private sector and civil society.

THE 51%

The British Council's collection of essays from around the world which highlight many of the difficulties faced by women. 

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