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Gender equality is one of the most pressing global challenges of our time. Evidence-based solutions are desperately needed to address increasing inequalities that disproportionately harm women and girls, to reach our development goals and build back from COVID. Since the start of the pandemic it's estimated that there have been:

  • 3.3 million unsafe abortions

  • An increase in maternal deaths of 8.3 – 38.6%

  • 31 million cases of gender-based violence worldwide (based on 6 months’ isolation)

  • An increase in the gender poverty gap in at least 59 low and middle income countries

The Institute of Global Innovations Gender Equality group, based at the University of Birmingham, is helping to end gender inequality through research, collaboration and action. Our vision is to achieve sustainable improvement in women’s health, life chances, and human rights through a network of global research, governmental and charitable partnerships, and communities. We conduct interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, collaborative research that leads to evidence-based change at the local, national, and international level. Connect with us as a collaborator, partner or find out about how you can use our research findings and support our work.

Who we are and what we do

We are a network of over 40 researchers committed to generating the evidence and action to make a difference to gender equality around the world. We work to solve questions that sit at the intersections between the measures of the UN's Gender Inequality Index to find tangible solutions, interventions and recommendations for change.


What challenges are we trying to solve?

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Women with Helmets

Where & why do women die in childbirth?

And what can we do to stop it?

Who has the right to sexual and reproductive healthcare?

What services, systems and legal protections do we need?

What are the barriers to equality of opportunity?

In education, work and public life?

As well as the case studies above, we're also working on dozens more research questions across five topics:

1. Maternal health & care

2. Sexual and reproductive health and rights

3. Gender barriers within and into work

4. Women's political rights and participation

5. Quantitative approaches to understanding gender equality


Publications, reports, videos, articles, and more

Who we work with and how you can work with us

Funding, events, and our latest news

We are always looking to bring in more academics, partners and perspectives and can provide a wide range of support and resources for those contributing to IGI Gender Equality projects or simply sign up to our monthly newsletter to stay up to date with our opportunities.

Get in Touch

Institute of Global Innovations, University of Birmingham,

54 Pritchatts Road,


B15 2SA

Leah Fitzsimmons,

Gender Inequality Programme Manager

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