Council Commentary

IWD 2022: Break the Bias

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. This year, the day is also a call to #BreakTheBias for a gender-equal world that is free of prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination. 

Research from the Population Council examines gender and other social factors, such as ethnicity, class or caste, sexual orientation, religion, and disability, that influence and intersect with gender. Our interdisciplinary analyses and partnerships illuminate strategies to tackle gender gaps and remove systemic barriers. 

For International Women’s Day, we spotlight research and calls to action for sustainable change. 


A Gender Based Violence Dashboard for Nigeria, Driven Bottom-Up by Communities

The Population Council collaborates with the Nigerian government and partners to strengthen the country’s response to gender-based violence through a bottom-up community data-generation-and-validation strategy, and the development of an innovative central reporting and data visualization platform to capture real-time data.

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A Call to Protect Gender Minority Children and Adolescents

Population Council researchers publish a commentary in Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters calling on the global community—governments, human services workers, researchers, public health professionals, and teachers—to come together, prioritize, and advocate for the distinct needs and protection of sexual and gender minority children and adolescents. 

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A Research Agenda to Strengthen Evidence Generation and Utilization to Accelerate the Elimination of FGM

The Population Council partners with UNFPA, UNICEF, and WHO to outline evidence gaps and research priorities that need to be addressed to eliminate female genital mutilation over the next five years, and providing approaches to enable uptake and effective use of the evidence generated.

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Expanding Healthcare to Include Self-care and Increase Access and Agency

Population Council researchers, in a commentary published in Contraception journal, call on family planning advocates, donors, researchers, health educators, policymakers, and providers to invest in and commit to de-medicalizing contraception and enhancing the contraceptive method mix to ensure access and options for all individuals.

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