International Women's Status and Rights

International trends in globalization, urbanization, and governance shape foreign and economic policy, and impact of women’s status around the world. The opposite is also true: as women’s political and economic leadership advance around the world, women influence economic and foreign policy as well as global governance.

IWPR is often called upon to share its expertise in analyzing the status of women with policymakers, NGOs, and elected officials in other countries. In recent years, IWPR has expanded its Status of Women model globally, working with partners at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to produce a series of reports on the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa.

IWPR’s research on global women’s issues has also explored the impact of increased gender equity in urban governance on women’s experience of cities; the effect of income inequality on women’s lives in the developing world; and the impact of public and private sector “family-friendly policies,” such as parental leave, flexible working time regulations, and child care supports, on women’s labor market outcomes. IWPR works with partners in other countries to provide research and technical assistance and disseminate best practices for gender equitable policies worldwide.

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