UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Somwati Bai, sarpanch leader of Choti Tumbi, Madhya Pradesh. Credits: UNDP India 2012


Gender equality, equity, rights and social justice

We look at the root causes of gender inequalities and power imbalances, and explore different ways of addressing those.


As feminist scholars, we consider that women - who represent half of humanity - are as capable as men, as deserving equal human rights. Therefore, their structural discrimination, their exclusion from spheres of power and representation, and their lack of access to basic human rights, are incompatible with any idea of social justice or equality, and politically. If half of the citizens are not adequately represented in national parliaments, structurally underpaid and overly exposed to violence and harassment, then the very idea of democracy is being challenged. We aim to understand the root causes of these inequalities in order to better address them, and design solutions to revert the gender power imbalances. Therefore, gender equality and equity are deeply connected to social justice and human rights, influencing how women are impacted in the context of disasters and situations of conflicts, and how they can act and survive.

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GRRIPP projects and the emphasis on advocacy for women's rights 

Several projects supported by GRRIPP promote advocacy activities for the rights of women and ethnic minorities. Check the grripp website to find out more.

Other activities & collaborations

Louisa Acciari is Associate Researcher with the Núcleo de Estudos em Sexualidade e Gênero (NESEG), of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.