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London hosts global summit on rape and sexual violence in conflict

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Sexual violence in and beyond the 'warzone'

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict takes place in London from 10-13 June 2014. The event will be co-hosted by the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague and special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, actor Angelina Jolie.

Ahead of the summit, the Institute of Development Studies has published a Rapid Response Briefing titled ‘Addressing Sexual Violence in and beyond the “Warzone”’ which calls on world leaders to focus their attention on the multiple forms of sexual violence that occur in all conflict and conflict-affected settings.

Making sexuality rights real

Sexuality and Social Justice: A Toolkit

Toolkit for Sexuality and Social Justice

Policies designed to lift people out of poverty, to provide employment and access to crucial services, all too often exclude those who do not conform to sexual or gender identities considered to be ‘normal.’ In many countries, this exclusion is also enforced through law.

Researchers from the Institute of Development Studies have been working closely with partners and local communities that are most affected, to provide evidence-based, practical campaign options to help activists and policy makers overcome these challenges, strengthen sexuality rights and challenge social injustice. They have now released a free interactive Toolkit for Sexuality and Social Justice that shares learning on these strategies.

New web Francophone resource – Francophone thematic database of resources for the promotion of gender equality

Observ’action is a new web project run jointly by BRIDGE and our partner Genre en Action, an international network of organisations working towards gender equality in development in Francophone countries. For each gender thematic area of focus, Observ’action will publish BRIDGE synthesis work and give visibility to the knowledge, experiences and expertise developed in Francophone countries. We aim in this way to stimulate dialogue amongst different actors and support the work of activists and policy makers in the region. The first area of focus has been climate change.

You can visit the website by clicking here. You can contribute resources by writing to Or keep in touch with the initiative by following Genre en Action on Twitter and Facebook.

Building gender equality beyond 2015

'Myth and Reality': IDS at CSW58

Members of the BRIDGE team have been at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Here they bring together some of the Institute of Development Studies’ involvement with social media reaction and key resources. Reflecting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), what is needed for a post-2015 development framework which also helps to build gender equality?

Cutting Edge Pack on gender and social movements launched

Exciting new multimedia online resource on gender and social movements

We are very excited to announce the launch of our Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Social Movements. The pack is housed in a new online resource containing, in addition to the pack's overview report and In Brief bulletin, a range of multimedia resources on the topic of gender and social movements.

Explore the site to find information, evidence and tools for activists who want to bring a gender perspective into the work of social justice movements, and for supporters of gender-just movements worldwide.

We are very interested to hear what you think about this new way of showcasing Cutting Edge Packs. Please tell us your thoughts!

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