IDRC funds research that supports gender equality, facilitates women’s empowerment, and builds the capacity of female researchers to become leaders. By supporting research that confronts the structural and root causes of gender inequalities, IDRC helps to ensure that women, young girls, and children can take advantage of the same opportunities as men.
The Centre joins the worldwide call for collective action and shared responsibility for achieving gender parity and a safe, inclusive environment for all women. The Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) commitment to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all will be achieved only if development initiatives consider and promote the unique needs, knowledge, roles, and potential of women and girls.
IDRC fully endorses the rights of all women and girls to equal opportunity, and to lead lives free of violence and discrimination.
Economic growth and gender equality (PDF, 293KB)
- Feminist Advocacy, Family Law and Violence Against Women: International Perspectives
- Feminist open government: Addressing gender equity challenges in open government co-creation processes (PDF, 38.4MB)
- Gender equality: How think tanks are making a difference
- in_focus - Healthy Lives for Vulnerable Women and Children: Applying Health Systems Research
Women’s economic empowerment and trade (PDF, 345KB)
What does empowering women look like?
These projects explore some of the many ways that IDRC-supported research is promoting gender equality and ultimately contributing to the SDGs. By sharing efforts to empower women, IDRC is contributing to a vital global conversation that will help make gender equality a reality worldwide.
Gender in context
- Science and technology
- Inclusive economies
Women all over the world are harnessing their collective power to address inequalities.
Women’s groups in two Tanzanian districts identify sustainable, culturally relevant strategies for better antenatal care services.
- Agriculture and environment
Development research is building resilience, boosting social equity, and challenging the powers-that-be.
We must move beyond job creation for women to be successful in the Blue Economy.
Perspectives on gender and women’s empowerment
- More stories of gender equality
- A safe space on stage
- A decade of improving food security around the world
- Breaking the bonds of childhood marriage
- Transforming gender relations to achieve financial inclusion
- M’resh means beautiful
- A good proposal
- The village edge
- Making women visible with civil registration and vital statistics systems
- Improving Africa's food-security, one woman at a time
- Maternal and child health is a community affair in Senegal
- From disaster, a new digital economy for Haiti
- Maternal health enters the information age in Peru
- Mapping sexual harassment in Egypt
- Adapting to a new environmental reality in Morocco
- Mexico’s digital money revolution
- Constructive connections in Costa Rica