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, prosperous and sustainable world.

But to work towards achieving equality, we need to truly understand the realities of women’s lives. In this edition of Understanding Society we therefore bring together a collection of articles, based on our research with a diverse range of women all around the world, including those who have been displaced because of conflict, those who struggle to get to work due to domestic violence, and those at the very top of business and public life.

We are delighted to have contributions from trailblazing women: Julia Gillard, Australia’s first woman Prime Minister and now Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, and Megha Mohan, the BBC’s first ever Gender and Identity Correspondent. We have articles from experts in their fields: Nigina Abaszadeh, who works in Gender and Human Rights for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Nata Duvvury and Stacey Scriver, leading academics specialising in gender and economic participation from NUI Galway. And Darrell Bricker, Ipsos’s Global CEO for Public Affairs, discusses how the changing roles of women will shape the future of global population growth.

Here at Ipsos, we don’t just contribute to important debates, but shape them through the collection and interpretation of evidence that stands up to scrutiny and challenges the status quo. We hope that this edition of Understanding Society does just this by shining a light on the diversity of women’s experiences across the globe, and demonstrating how good data can contribute to policies and programmes that make a tangible difference to women’s lives. There’s much more that needs to be done, but we should be inspired by what’s possible to provide a platform so that women’s voices can be heard and we can achieve a more prosperous and equal society for all.

We are committed to understanding society through the social and economic research we conduct in the belief that this leads to better politics, policy and practice. If you would like to discuss any of the research here, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Kelly Beaver
Managing Director
Ipsos MORI
Social Research Institute