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Nine research projects seek to advance women’s empowerment in East Africa

Nine new research projects will explore solutions to tackle the unequal distribution of care work and gender segregation in the labour market in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Two women pan for gold in samples of sand at a mining site in central Uganda. One of the women carries a baby on her back.
IDRC / Tommy Trenchard
Namusisi Aisha (left) and Umana Diana pan for gold in samples of sand at a mining site in central Uganda.

Selected following an open call for proposals, these projects will spur transformative change to advance gender equality in the world of work. Over the next 36 months, the project teams will undertake action and evaluative research and generate scalable policy solutions to reduce and redistribute childcare duties and promote women's entry into high-value sectors. The research will consider the societal power dynamics that shape women’s choices, the role of social norms, and how gender barriers intersect with the disadvantages arising from other aspects of identity such as race, income, and age.

Part of the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) – East Africa initiative, this cohort of projects builds on a first phase of GrOW research that generated knowledge about the obstacles limiting choice and access to opportunities for women and girls. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for urgent action by exposing structural gender barriers and entrenched gender inequalities. In this new phase of GrOW research, the goal is to develop effective approaches and solutions that will empower women and girls to take charge of their own lives and livelihoods.

Projects under the GrOW – East Africa initiative: