Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Achieving gender equality is not only a prerequisite to a prosperous, resilient and equal society but essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Entrenched gender and structural inequalities, harmful gender-based practices, gender based violence mean women and girls continue to face injustices in all aspects of life. Despite a growing focus on gender equity, inequalities between men and women and stark gender disparities remain, including unequal access to and control over resources, land, opportunities and decision making power. Promoting the empowerment of women and girls, alongside the engagement of men and boys, helps to tackle these systemic challenges.



We work in more than 20 countries around the world, providing technical assistance and long term contextually sensitive gender solutions.



We work in partnership with clients in pursuit of
SDG 1, 5 & 10
. We recognise that gender equality is key to sustainable development.



From climate change to gender based violence to women’s economic empowerment, we focus on topical issues affecting the most marginalised groups.

Six facts about gender inequality

For the past twenty years, CIDT has worked to facilitate social, economic, environmental and political justice for women, which incorporates both practical action and gender transformative interventions. Social norms perpetuate gendered division of labour and gendered distributions of resources resulting in unequal power dynamics. This restricts women and girls access to education, employment and positions of authority. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light and exacerbates many of these inequalities, with women and girls facing higher rates of unemployment, poverty, increased care burdens and exposure to violence. 

Acknowledging and incorporating these gender inequalities into development interventions and analyses is therefore extremely important, both from a human rights perspective and to maximise impact and socioeconomic development. We recognise that engaging with men and boys is essential for sustainable gender transformation and reduces the pressure on women as the sole agents of change. Working in open partnerships with clients, we design gender responsive and inclusive and programmes and gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation systems.

Adopting a people-centred approach which places greater emphasis on the value of social justice and inclusion and gender equality, CIDT seeks to tackle inequalities, generate greater equity, amplify the voices of the most deprived and promote inclusion, resilience and accountability. By strengthening the voices of the socially excluded and powerless we support men and women to influence policies and decisions that affect their lives.

Intersectionality: Leave no-one behind

Our approach to sustainable development, incorporates an intersectional lens; this places greater emphasis on the value of inclusive social justice. In doing so, we understand that women and men cannot be viewed as a ‘homogenous’ group. An intersectional approach that accounts for individuals’ intersecting identities, such as race, religion, ethnicity, disability, socio-economic position and age, recognises the differing experience of gender inequalities. Single headed households, men and women with disabilities, female headed households, uneducated women and men and different ethnic and religious groups experience oppression and privilege in unique ways. Acknowledging the rich differences and varied experiences of women and men, provides us with the means to target interventions to vulnerable stakeholders based on their unique needs.

Services and strategies

  • Supporting and conducting gender analyses, audits and appraisals
  • Supporting and strengthening the capacity of government departments and local and international NGOs to address gender-inequalities in formal and informal institutions
  • Supporting and creating structures and a safe space that allow voices of the most vulnerable to be heard
  • Ensure marginalised groups have opportunities and access to not just resources but also respected positions within society
  • Strengthening the capacity of governments and NGOs to improve women’s rights and ensure gender is mainstreamed in all contexts and programmes
  • Capacity strengthening to mainstream gender in all stages of the project and programme cycle and in results-based management
  • Establishing and monitoring gender-sensitive indicators
  • Building gender transformational institutions
  • Conducting gender training and training of trainers

Our focus areas

We work on a range of areas within global gender inequality and spans across all of our core thematic areas.

Gender Areas

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