Women in development: Melissa Leach on how to create a supportive workplace for all

Melissa Leach, director at the Institute of Development Studies. Photo by: Ryan Brown / UN Women / CC BY-NC-ND

LONDON — Melissa Leach, head of one of the United Kingdom’s leading development research institutes, has worked hard to create a workplace that is supportive of women.

But, a social anthropologist and mother of four, she stresses that a supportive environment should work for all employees, and that women’s empowerment initiatives must be “part of a broader movement to out discrimination of all kinds,” avoiding a narrow focus on women alone.

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    Sophie Edwards

    Sophie Edwards is a reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.