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The Solution Exchange Gender Community promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment in India, focusing on increasing development effectiveness to improve the gender and girl child situation, promote a rights-based approach to development, and ensure gender mainstreaming.
Solution Exchange helps members of this Community increase the effectiveness of their individual efforts to promote gender equality and address challenges to women’s involvement in development – increased access, capacity, and equality in women’s social, economic and political endeavors, by tapping into their collective knowledge and collaborative actions.

Gender Community is co-facilitated by UNWOMEN and UNICEF

Issues Covered Within Gender Community

  • Gives Priority to UNDAF Gender Based Violence (GBV) Cluster themes – Prenatal Sex Selection, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence
  • Issues of tribal, dalit and marginalized women
  • Child Rights and Protection
  • Issues of Sexual Minorities
  • Social Security Issues (e.g. for the elderly, women headed households)
  • Engendering policies, programmes and institutions (e.g. gender budgeting, sexual harassment at work place)
  • Economic empowerment of women
  • Gender gaps and disparity (e.g. education, health, governance, access to resources)

How Does Gender Community Work?

  • Any registered member can raise and discuss issues based on the above themes
  • The Community is moderated and managed by a Resource Team comprising a Resource Person & Moderator, and a Research Associate
  • To raise an issue for query/discussion, you can write to Resource Team with your questions or a topic of interest on which information is required; e-mail:
  • Following any discussion the Resource Team issues a Consolidated Reply (CR) comprising a summary of responses and a compilation of related resources based on additional research carried out by the RT. The CR acts as a ready reference.
  • All information posted to the community is archived and accessible to all members. Public versions of CRs (i.e. versions that do not carry the email ids of respondents) are available on the community website to non-members.
  • The Community currently has over 3500 members representing diverse backgrounds: NGOs, government, private sector, academia, activists, consultants
  • The community facilitates virtual sharing as well as face-to-face events (e.g. regional workshops, thematic seminars, consultations, action groups, etc.); publishes materials (e.g. compendiums), acts as ‘resource bank’ for UN agencies and its members

Advantages of Joining the Community

  • Stay current in your areas of expertise
  • No one needs to reinvent the wheel
  • Get feedback on policies, plans and programmes
  • Get connected to grassroots realities, concerns and positions; tacit, traditional and established knowledge; voices of practitioners from across the country
  • In less than three weeks receive from across the country and also abroad several ideas, views, suggestions and comments on issues of your concern
  • New ideas and learning spread quickly. New ideas and solutions can lead to more innovations, out-of-the-box thinking
  • Join the Community as your inputs into knowledge sharing gives development interventions a higher chance of success and a faster movement towards the MDG

Who Should Join?

  • Field workers from NGOs and government agencies
  • Community leaders and local level activists
  • District and state administrators
  • Planners and policy advisors
  • Repesentatives from national and state institutions
  • Representatives and programme officers of donor agencies
  • Researchers and academics
  • Entrepreneurs promoting economic opportunities for women
  • Legal, judicial and political professionals
  • Representatives from private or corporate sector
  • Other professionals and concerned individuals interested in gender equality and women's empowerment

More information


Solution Exchange Gender Community - Annual Report 2013

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