Tackling Social Barriers and Root Causes of Gender Inequality

Women and girls face multiple social and gender-based barriers throughout their lives. These barriers shape their access to quality education, health care, productive resources, economic opportunities, safety and justice. They also determine women and girls’ ability to exercise their political rights, move freely, and make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. To bring about lasting change, our programs are designed to tackle these barriers by understanding and addressing the root causes of gender-based inequalities, including gendered social norms, gender roles and relations, as well as strengthening the policy, legal and regulatory frameworks where we operate. We achieve this by working with women leaders and women’s organizations to dismantle systems of power, while engaging with community leaders, men and boys to transform attitudes and change behaviour, and supporting governments to enact policy reforms to advance gender equality.

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