RTI Global Gender Center

Addressing gender disparity through research, programs, and practice

Government agencies, foundations, and donor organizations

Gender disparities and inequalities occur globally, but women, girls, and persons who identify as gender nonconforming individuals—who combined make up over 50% of the world’s population—are particularly vulnerable to inequalities in health, education, economic development, and political participation.

Reaching these often hard-to-reach groups is critical, and requires addressing the social determinants (such as poverty and discrimination, individual risk, lack of agency, substance use, cultural gender roles, and sexual expectations) as well as the biological and anatomical aspects of gender in research, programs, and practice.

Developing a Team of Thought Leaders

In 2013, we created the RTI Global Gender Center, a community of passionate individuals working together to share our skills and strengths to strategize actionable solutions and apply holistic approaches to ending gender inequalities.

Our members include our devoted researchers and staff members across the Institute and around the world.  One of our strengths is the diverse skill set of our members. We also leverage the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of our international external affiliates. Together we provide specialized capabilities to conduct robust analyses, produce more effective interventions, and affect greater change.

Our ability to delve deeper into actionable solutions is a reflection of our diversity and makes us a global leader in gender-based research and program implementation.

Reaching Underserved Populations

Over the past 10 years, with more than $1 billion in funding, we have worked in more than 75 countries to implement more than 600 gender-related projects. Working on behalf of government agencies, foundations, and donor organizations, we conduct culturally sensitive and socially relevant research in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. We work with a wide range of groups facing specific and significant inequalities stemming from gender-based disparities, including at-risk women and adolescents, the LGBTQ community, sex workers, couples, and substance users.

Our work includes developing interventions and providing technical assistance and gender training; working with local and national stakeholders to build the capacities of educational, economic, and health institutions to ensure program sustainability; and advising stakeholders on gender mainstreaming in policy planning and activities.

Center Affiliate Key Research Areas

  • Gender Equality and Justice Promotion
  • Gender-Based Violence Prevention
  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Women's and Girl's Education
  • Health Access and Disease Prevention (including HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and sexual and reproductive health)