Gender equality

June 03, 2019
A teacher helping a student with a learning software on a computer in Mombasa, Kenya
IDRC / Sven Torfinn

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.

Featured publications


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
Young women learn computer skills, Hyderabad, Pakistan


Shaping an Internet for women’s empowerment.

Cover image of Feminist Open Government: Addressing gender equity in open government co-creation processes

Feminist open government

New paper showcases experiences from 12 countries.

Cover of AIMS publication New interventions for a Changing World

Celebrating African women climate scientists

A new publication profiles emerging women climate change scientists. 


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Inclusive economies
Rosy, who comes from a line of traditional Indigenous midwives, became a professional midwife and offers her services at the Indigenous women’s house of San Luis Acatlán, Guerrero, Mexico.

The power of collective action to achieve gender equality

Women all over the world are harnessing their collective power to address inequalities.

Antoinette, a nurse at a health center in Athiémé, examines a newborn beside the proud mother, Matilde.

Women lead change for better antenatal care in rural Tanzania

Women’s groups in two Tanzanian districts identify sustainable, culturally relevant strategies for better antenatal care services.

Women sell beans between other stands selling clothing,fruit and vegetables at Rodi Market.

Harnessing the transformative potential of women’s financial inclusion

New technologies, behavioural interventions, and changes in social norms can address gender barriers to financial inclusion.


Agriculture and environment
Two speakers at IDRC Gender Equality event

Power, gender, and equality in a time of global change

Development research is building resilience, boosting social equity, and challenging the powers-that-be.

Liezer Pérez fillets fish for sale in Bolivia.

Positioning women for success in the Blue Economy

We must move beyond job creation for women to be successful in the Blue Economy.

Central Veterinary Laboratories,Nairobi,Keenya,May 20,2014: Lab technician Terisa processing samples from the field for cultures

Supporting women’s agency and empowerment in East Africa

Women in Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda face a significant burden from preventable diseases affecting their animals.


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Perspectives on gender and women’s empowerment

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