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. 


International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

Gender equality is essential for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals. Yet, only 33% of researchers are women worldwide and account for just 28% of engineering...

19 February 2021
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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...

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

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UK-South Africa H3D projectPlay

Infectious diseases are responsible for nearly 70% of deaths in Africa each year. Globally, drug-resistant infections are on the rise, making the search for new and effective medicines increasingly urgent. In 2010 Professor Kelly Chibale founded the Holistic Drug Discovery and Development (H3D) Centre at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Scientists working at the H3D Centre are developing new drugs to treat an array of infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and corona viruses.

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Drug-resistant infections caused by the misuse of antibiotic treatments killed over 1.2 million people worldwide in 2019. A major challenge to combating drug-resistant infections is a lack of new drugs being developed. To address this issue, scientists from South Africa’s Rhodes University and the University of Plymouth in the UK have set up an Antimicrobial Drug Discovery Hub.

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