Women’s rights

Women’s rights remain a pressing issue worldwide. For example, at least one in three women in Latin America have experienced intimate partner violence, only 23 per cent of women in Africa have access to modern contraceptive methods, and at work, women continue to have lower rates of participation, progression and reward for the hours they put in compared to men.

We work with partners around the world (the United Nations Development Programme, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the International Planned Parenthood Federation) to support the advancement of women’s rights in low- and middle-income countries.

This work includes tackling gender-based violence and promoting bystander interventions in Bangladesh, Georgia, Latin America and South Africa. We are also promoting access to sexual and reproductive health services and education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Kenya and Nigeria, and supporting female economic empowerment in Eastern Europe.