Understanding Society


Welcome to A Woman’s World, the latest edition of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute’s Understanding Society. Gender equality benefits everyone, not just women; it’s the necessary foundation for a peaceful,

Leading change: An interview with the Hon Julia Gillard, Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

Julia Gillard is the first woman ever to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. She was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010-2013 and Deputy Prime

Mind the Gender Gap: From rhetoric to reality

In 2018, we celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK. While the centenary milestone was celebrated, the media has been dominated by stories of gender inequality both in

Violence against women: The cost on economic participation

Achieving equality  Equality is the foundation for the sustainable development of societies. To achieve it, the unequal gender power balance has to be addressed. The overarching global framework of the

Women and work: Closing the gap in Australia

Down under Australia is slipping down the world rankings for closing the gender gap. In 2006, the World Economic Forum described Australia as a “leader,”10 ranking it 15th out of

It’s a business problem: Intimate partner violence and the Turkish workplace

A widespread problem The experience of intimate partner violence is unfortunately all too common among women working in the Turkish private sector. According to a study that Ipsos has been

Corporate Diversity Responsibility: Building better businesses

Ipsos’ Global Trends study of 22 countries shows that most people think things would be better if more women held positions of responsibility in government and companies17 . But we

Invisible barriers: The challenges faced by Muslim women in Malaysia

Malaysians are optimistic about the future of gender equality. Ipsos research found that most women (54%) in Malaysia believe that gender equality will be achieved in their lifetime, among the

Reporting identity: An interview with Megha Mohan, BBC World Service’s Gender & Identity Correspondent

Before her appointment as the BBC’s first Gender and Identity Correspondent, Megha was a senior multimedia staff reporter at the BBC’s Digital Current Affairs department. There, she told stories on

No place like home: Empowering women in displacement

According to UNHCR, the world is experiencing the largest refugee crisis since the end of the second World War26 . Millions of people are fleeing man-made and natural disasters to

Let’s talk about sex!…but only if you’re married

Contraceptive myths A tall glass of lime and soda – a refreshing drink for sure, but an effective form of contraception? Last year, I was in Lagos conducting a study

Gender Equality: It matters for men too

Challenging times for gender equality Eastern Europe and Central Asia are culturally and socially very diverse, but all countries have a strong gender divide and traditional gender norms. In parallel

Women’s voices, women’s vote: The 2018 Irish Abortion Referendum

A quiet revolution Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, called the 2018 referendum vote to legalise abortion a “quiet revolution.” Thirty-five years after 67% of the public voted in favour of

This is a woman’s world

In February 1966 when James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, recorded his top 10 hit “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” he spoke the truth. In most ways that can

Final reflections on Gender Equality: How will we know when we get there?

It’s 2019, and women’s rights are in the spotlight. Perhaps the most visible expression of feminism’s resurgence has been the rise of the #MeToo movement. And there are signs that