Research Tools


These databases provide information on a number of countries over a variety of topics.

  • Accessible Information on Development Activities (AiDA) - AidData aggregates information from multiple sources to provide a searchable database of global aid flows and projects.
  • - Designed for the purpose of enhancing the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations, the information provided here encompasses a range of data and documents concerning the application of the UN human rights treaty system by its monitoring treaty bodies since their inauguration in the 1970's. Documents including CEDAW reports for particular countries can be found here. 
  • OECD: Wikigender - A project initiated by the OECD Development Centre to facilitate the exchange and improve the knowledge on gender equality-related issues around the world.
  • The New York Times and International Herald Tribune: The Female Factor -  Articles in this series examine the most recent shifts in women's power,  prominence and impact on societies around the world, and try to measure the influence of women on early 21st century development.
  • Solicitors' International Human Rights Group Legal Database - Solicitors' International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) is a membership organization for lawyers around the world specializing in Human Rights Law. SIHRG has a mulitiude of working groups related to both geographic regions and specific human rights related issues. They have created a worldwide database on human rights law organized by region. 
  • UN High Commission on Refugees Refworld Legal Collection - Database of law relating to refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons and other persons of concern to UNHCR.
  • USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse -  A comprehensive list of all development projects conducted by USAID and affiliates, including those that focus on women’s rights.
  • Women's Human Rights Database - Created by the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, the WHRD lists hundreds of resources -- articles, documents and links -- related to international women's rights law and Canadian women's rights law. Users can search by keyword and author as well as browse by women's rights topic. Full-text documents are provided where available.
  • World Bank: GenderStats - GenderStats is a one stop source of information on gender at the country and regional level. It presents a compilation of data on key gender topics from various sources including International Labour Organization (ILO), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nation Population Division (UNPD), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), household surveys such as Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) by Macro International and Multiple Cluster Indicators Survey (MICS) by UNICEF, and Inter-Agency Group for estimation of Child Mortality and Maternal Mortality.
  • World Bank: Women, Business and the Law - Women, Business and the Law presents indicators based on laws and regulations affecting women's prospects as entrepreneurs and employees, in part drawing on laws contained in the Gender Law Library.
  • World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) - The core idea of WorldLII is to provide consistent and innovative forms of access to all of the high quality legal databases found on WorldLII's participating LIIs, and on WorldLII itself. WorldLII also provides a systematic and comprehensive approach to accessing the vast quantity of other legal information available via the Internet, through its WorldLII  Catalog and Websearch facility, and through translating WorldLII searches to enable easier use of Internet-wide search engines.


The following networks offer women’s rights scholars, activists and researchers with an online space to share information.

  • Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) - CRIN is a global children's rights network that launches advocacy campaigns, leads international children's rights coalitions, and strives to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. The website has a good deal of resources in various languages.
  • International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics - An interactive network of women in politics from around the world who share experiences, access resources and advisory services, and network and collaborate on issues of interest.
  • Young Feminist Wire - The Wire is a space for young feminists – especially young women – working on women’s rights and gender equality around the world to connect, learn and share information. It is also a place where women’s rights advocates of all ages can learn more about young women’s activism and make connections with younger activists.

Surveys, Indices, Reports and Tools

The following surveys, while fairly topic specific, offer data on a number of countries.

Treaties, Conventions and Declarations

These treaties, conventions, and declarations, organized chronologically, have proved useful to our researchers in the past by identifying the rights legally guaranteed to women on the regional and international levels.