Social inclusion and gender equality

Development is slowed when half a country’s population—women—is not participating fully in its economic, social, and political life.

Widespread sexism translates into lower levels of investment in the education, health, and nutrition of girls and women. Institutionalized discrimination manifests in laws that keep land and money out of women’s hands and thwart their access to protection and redress.

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In this short opinion piece, Greene and her co-writers answer the question Do girls marry as children and adolescents in Latin America?

Greeneworks conducted a gender assessment of women cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire for Mars Chocolate. The findings report, A Sustainable, Thriving Cocoa Sector for Future Generations: The business case for why women matter and what to do about it is part of Mars’ corporate commitment to promote the principle of “Mutuality.”

Ending Child Marriage

GreeneWorks is part of a global movement to end child marriage. Ending this harmful practice improves the well-being of each girl and enhances the development of families, communities, and nations everywhere.

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Child brides don’t get choices about their sexuality. Yet some early-marriage efforts avoid this sensitive issue. GreeneWorks co-produced a research brief to promote holistic methods to reduce the burden of child marriage.

Ending Child Marriage in a Generation: What Research is Needed?, co-published with the Ford Foundation, identifies gaps in the research on child marriage in which additional investment could catalyze change.

GreeneWorks collaborated with The Elders, an independent group of global leaders convened by Nelson Mandela. The Elders are committed to ending child marriage, and GreeneWorks supported them through research, partnership development, and mobilization. As former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil and Jimmy Carter of the United States articulate in an Op-Ed for The Guardian, “Child marriage not only denies the fundamental rights of women and girls worldwide, but has been a major brake on progress towards six of the eight millennium development goals.”

Margaret Greene also developed a key reference on child marriage: Too Young To Wed. The Lives, Rights and Health of Married Girls with colleagues at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

Working With Men and Boys To Promote Gender Equality

Men and boys are essential allies in achieving gender equality and improving the health and development of women and girls.

Many sexual and reproductive health programs take inequality for granted, reluctant to promote women’s rights and challenge stifling gender roles. Greene developed a widely referenced framework to evaluate programs that involve men in sexual and reproductive health from a gender perspective.

Collaborations and resources

Engaging Men and Boys to Address the Practice of Child Marriage explores the ways men and boys uphold this practice and through program examples, identifies the ways they are helping to prevent its underlying causes and mitigate its consequences.

Margaret Greene and Peter Pawlak worked with the ICRW on the Men and Gender Equality Policy Project, co-authoring a report on public policies involving men to promote gender equality. What Men Have to Do With It: Public Policies to Promote Gender Equality describes diverse policy responses countries have developed to address gender equality as more than a women’s issue.

GreeneWorks is collaborating with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to develop strategies for working with men and boys.

Who gains from involving men in promoting gender equality? Margaret Greene and Peter Pawlak worked as consultants with ICRW on WHO-funded research to more fully assess the benefits of engaging men more fully.

Margaret Greene, Promundo, and Andrew Levack of EngenderHealth co-authored Synchronizing Gender Strategies: A Cooperative Model for Gender Transformation for the Interagency Gender Working Group. This report also describes the need to work with both men and women to transform the gender inequalities undermining health.

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ICT for social inclusion

Many information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) initiatives focus on supply side issues such as Internet access, ICT infrastructure, and computer skills training. The desires of poor and marginalized groups are ignored. But projects incorporating the demand perspectives of ordinary citizens offer new possibilities for social inclusion.

With this in mind, Shib Shankar Dasgupta developed the Cyber Capability Framework to address the human side of ICT4D. The Framework is the basic analytical tool in our efforts to develop ICT projects holistically. It shifts the discourse from digital growth to people; from poverty reduction to the factors creating barriers to achievement.

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More about ICT for Social Inclusion: Dev. Kalpana: Center for Development Imageries.