Policymakers around the world have recognized the important role women play in promoting stable, healthy, and economically prosperous communities. Yet women, especially young women and girls, are often among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in poor countries. IPA's research in this area examines programs that work to keep girls in school, improve health, create income opportunities, and increase women’s empowerment at home and in their communities.

Researchers in Côte d’Ivoire evaluate an economic empowerment and gender dialogue program on domestic violence
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Intimate partner violence is a pervasive health and human rights concern, but relatively little is known about how to reduce gender-based violence in conflict-affected settings.

Ugandan women in the IPA WINGS program
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What’s holding back impoverished women? Can small grants programs help the most vulnerable women develop sustainable livelihoods?

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As girls pass through adolescence, a number of factors influence whether they complete secondary school, avoid teenage pregnancy, and develop the life skills, attitudes, behaviors and...