Agriculture & food

Women play a key role in agricultural production around the world, making up 43% of the agriculture labour force in developing countries overall, and over 50% of the workforce in many sub-Saharan African countries.

Climate change

Climate change is acknowledged to be a universal problem at the forefront of international policy discussions; but its gender aspects are less frequently considered.

Education & workforce

Although there have been great strides made in the education of women and girls worldwide, women remain underrepresented in SITE fields in many countries in both the developed and developing worlds…


Access to modern, clean, affordable and sustainable energy is a critical issue in development, with an estimated 1.3 billion people in the developing world lacking access to electricity; yet its gender dimensions are rarely discussed.


In general, transport systems and schedules worldwide have not been designed to meet the needs of women. In both developed and developing countries, women tend to make shorter and more frequent trips during the day than men, and are more often accompanied by children or elderly relatives.

Water & sanitation

Most of the world’s 1.2 billion poor people lack access to safe and reliable water for productive and domestic uses, and two thirds of these are women. Women and girls, who constitute the majority of the population in water-scarce areas, have different responsibilities with respect to water management…