Gender equality

Gender equality is essential for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals.
As a UK development research funder, we want to promote full access to and participation in science for women and girls around the world. We are proud to invest in world-class projects and partnerships to reduce gender inequalities.
Learn more about our impact and hear from the women who continue to lead ground-breaking research and innovation and inspire future generations.

Our approach

We are working closely with our partners to strengthen our approach to gender equality across the funds. 

Researchers collaborating

Newton Prize 2020: What we learnt about approaches to gender equality

Ellie Anghileri –  The year 2020 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint yet for advancing the rights of women and girls. According to a report by UN Women, the last 25 years have seen many advances for women’s...


Improving the lives of women through better urban planning

Large areas of Jakarta are classified as ‘kampungs’ – consisting of self-built dwellings that house the city’s urban poor population. Many kampung residents have lived there for generations and pay land and property taxes. However, regular land disputes mean that residents are extremely...

Women in Bangladesh working while caring for their children

Promoting gender equality in research goes beyond empowering women

By Tahrat Shahid –  Gender equality and the empowerment of women are deeply intertwined, but to achieve gender equality we cannot focus on women alone. We must also ask what would make life better for women, men, and the range of genders that exist in addition to them. And we must look at the...

Graphic stating number of Peru women researchers

Five reasons the pandemic won’t stop us talking about women in STEM

By Claudia Celis and Natalia Gima – Because we need to keep girls interested in STEM Less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. Peru is no exception. Most researchers are male. Younger generations give us hope. According to Concytec (Peru’s National Council of Science and Innovation),...

Jemma Wadham

Telling the story of glacier change in peru

Jemma Wadham, Professor of Glaciology, at the University of Bristol is exploring the impact of glacier retreat on water quality and the implications for people and Earth’s carbon cycle. For the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Jemma explains what led her to work in...

Funding guidance

All applications to Newton Fund and GCRF must include a Gender Equality Statement that outlines how the project will contribute to reducing gender inequalities.

Access useful resources and information to support your application.

Get to know Women in Science

Meet SEVILI, the caretaker robot helping to save livesPlay

AUDIO: As COVID-19 continues to overwhelm healthcare services globally,

VISUAL: Image of the COVID-19 virus and its spread across the world map.


AUDIO: a UK-Indica collaboration has stepped in to provide frontline staff in India with some much-needed support.

VISUAL: image of workers in personal protective equipment and working in a lab.


AUDIO: Meet SEVILI, the caretaker robot helping to save lives.

VISUAL: Image of the robot SEVILI


AUDIO: Originally designed to help the elderly with their daily activities the robot is now helping frontline health workers to treat and interact with COVID-19 patients.

VISUAL: image of the robot SEVILI going into a patient room and a doctor seeing the patient through a mobile app.


AUDIO: When the pandemic hit,

VISUAL: image of bus sign noting essential travel only.


AUDIO: the SEVILI project team decided to pivot their innovation

VISUAL: image of the SEVILI research team next to the robot.


AUDIO: to reduce health workers' exposure to COVID-19 and the risk of transmitting the disease to others.

VISUAL: image of the robot travelling around a hospital.


AUDIO: "It's a great experience that we have learned and designed for emergency in the pandemic situation. Thanks to Academy."

VISUAL: Professor D. Dinakaran speaking. Caption: Professor D. Dinakaran - Head at Centre for Automation and Robotics, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai


AUDIO:  SEVILI is operated from outside the hospital ward using a joystick and mobile app.

VISUAL: doctor demonstrating the video on the robot and app.


AUDIO: The robot runs on rechargeable batteries, making it affordable,

VISUAL: image of the batteries.


AUDIO: And comes with the added benefit of understanding local languages making it easier for medics and patients to interact.

VISUAL: Staff watching the robot in the hospital.


AUDIO: Currently, there are 8 SEVILI present in 2 hospitals across Tamil Nadu.

VISUAL: Image of Rajiv Gandi Government General Hospital. Caption: Rajiv Gandi Government General Hospital. Image of Chengalpattu Government Medical College. Caption:  Chengalpattu Government Medical College


AUDIO:  With each robot capable of handling 50 patients at a time.

VISUAL: SEVILI Robots moving around.


AUDIO: Meaning, it can reduce the health worker-patient physical interaction by up-to 60%.

VISUAL: SEVILI in a patient room with doctors stood back.


AUDIO: Owing to the potential and success of SEVILI

VISUAL: image of the SEVILI information document.


AUDIO: Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre

VISUAL: Hindustan Institute of Science and Technology logo and Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre logo


AUDIO: Is supporting the manufacturing of SEVILI.

VISUAL: image of SEVILI in development.


AUDIO:  The team are discussing a potential collaboration with

VISUAL: picture of the project team.


AUDIO: the National Institute for Empowering People with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) to develop assistive devices.

VISUAL: image of NIEPMD.


AUDIO: "The experience gained through the Royal Academy funded project helped us developing the SEVILI robot within a short span of time."

VISUAL: Professor M. M. Ramya speaking. Caption: Professor M. M. Ramya - Professor at Centre for Automation and Rol, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai


AUDIO:  The project was supported through the Industry-Academia Partnership Programme,

VISUAL: Image of the project team and healthcare staff.


AUDIO: delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
VISUAL: Image of Royal Academy of Engineering. Caption: Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Image of Federation House. Caption: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


AUDIO: This project is one of the many meaningful initiatives under the Newton-Bhabha partnership
VISUAL: Newspaper article about SEVILI


AUDIO: which work towards solving global challenges through combined efforts of the UK and India's world class research and innovative capabilities.

VISUAL: SEVILI robot images.


AUDIO: [Music]

VISUAL: Logos from: Newton-Bhabha Fund, Royal Academy of Engineering, FICCI, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, AXIS global automation, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, NIEPMD, University of Leeds

Conserving native seeds in MexicoPlay

AUDIO: [Music]

VISUAL: Caption: Newton Fund in Action


AUDIO: The "Conservation of native seeds of useful trees in Mexico

VISUAL: Seeds being sorted


AUDIO: to conserve its natural capital"

VISUAL: Aerial view of forest in Mexico.


AUDIO: is a collaborative project between the UK and Mexico funded by the Newton Fund, through the collaboration between Kew Gardens, UNAM and the NGO Pronatura Veracruz A.C. The main objective is to maintain the natural capital of the forests,

VISUAL: Tiziana Ulian speaking. Caption: Dra. Tiziana Ulian, Senior Research Leader of Diversity and Livelihoods, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK


AUDIO: through the conservation and research of seeds of useful native trees.

VISUAL: Lab work


AUDIO: The project takes place in Veracruz

VISUAL: Animated map pointing to Veracruz


AUDIO: one of the states with more biodiversity in trees in Mexico, but at the same time highly threatened by the destruction of natural habitats. We have identified and located populations of the trees

VISUAL: Patricia Dávila speaking. Caption: Dra. Patricia Dávilia, Coordinadora general de estudios de posgrado unam, México


AUDIO: of greatest interest to local communities

VISUAL: Camera pans across forest scenery.


AUDIO: and fieldwork has been organised to collect their seeds and/or mature fruits

VISUAL: Patricia Dávila speaking.


AUDIO: With this, seeds of more than 80 species have been collected, 73 of which are conserved in the seed bank of the Fes-I UNAM

VISUAL: Elena Castillo-Lorenzo speaking. Caption: Dra. Elena Castillo-Lorenzo, Coordinadora de Proyectos en Latinoamérica Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK


AUDIO: and will be duplicated in the Millennium Seed Bank in the United Kingdom,

VISUAL: Footage of Millenium Seed Bank


AUDIO: to ensure their long-term conservation.

VISUAL: Scientists from Kew Gardens working in a lab


AUDIO: About 20 species have been propagated in Pronatura Veracruz nurseries to support different tree planting initiatives and reforestation programmes in the region

VISUAL: Elena Castillo-Lorenzo speaking,


AUDIO: The great diversity of landowners, such as coffee farmers, cattle ranchers or people who want to help conserve the jungles and forests

VISUAL: Elisa Peresbarbosa Rojas speaking. Caption: M.C. Elisa Peresbarbosa Rojas, Directora General, Pronatura Veracruz A.C.


AUDIO: They participate by planting native trees on their land. In this way, the communities benefit in the short term from the results and in the long term from food and economic benefits.

VISUAL: Images of the following species of seed: Red Cedar, Erythrinas, Robles, Encinos, Annonas, Ingas, Ceibas, Nacaxtles, Ramones. Caption: Species such as Red Cedar, Erythrinas, Robles, Encinos, Annonas, Ingas, Ceibas, Nacaxtles, Ramones and many more, are of great importance to the communities for the use of their wood, fruits, medicinal elements, food and melliferous.


AUDIO: In addition, the project contributes to conserving and maintaining biodiversity, as well as adapting and becoming more resilient to climate change

VISUAL: Eliza Peresbarbosa Rojas speaking


AUDIO: [Music]

VISUAL: British Embassy Mexico logo and Newton Fund logo