Our research and reports

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.

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. Read the new Report 

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