Gender, Justice & Security Hub

An accessible online resource to support the fight for gender justice

Image showing the homepage of the new Gender Hub website homepage

Project overview

The Gender, Justice and Security Hub is a multi-partner research project from the London School of Economics (LSE), designed to promote and advance gender justice and inclusive peace. 

The hub brings together practitioners, governments and international organisations, to advance the the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality; SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions; and the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda by developing an evidence-base around gender justice and inclusive security in conflict-affected societies.

When we started working with the Gender Hub team, they were already one year into this five year project, and needed a website to showcase their ongoing work, to both provide a valuable resource to those working in the field of gender justice, and to inspire others to learn more and get involved. We helped them to create a brand new, highly accessible website that appeals to their global audience around the world.

Features

  • Interactive world map
  • Multi-language
  • Integrated newsletter

0.21g

CO2 per page view

100%

Accessibility score

1.9s

Page load time

The success of our project is absolutely down to Wholegrain – their insight, knowledge and approach to the project from start to finish is reflected in the success of our site.

Nicky Armstrong, Communications Manager

Following in-depth discovery with the Gender Hub team, we created a design based around their existing brand guidelines, that would appeal to their existing audience and engage and inspire a new audience of future potential researchers and supporters.

When we started this project, the hub already comprised 32 research projects, under six themes, and had more than 108 people involved, including researchers, project partners, communications, impact and administrative staff and advisory board members. The challenge was to design a site that would be both visually engaging, and intuitive to use, as well as ensuring it meets global accessibility guidelines.

In order to make it easy for those using the website to find the information most relevant to their area of interest, we designed the site in line with the six research themes the Gender Hub covers.

Image of The Gender Hub website displayed on two tablets. The one on the left shows the list of research themes and the one on the right displays a page with some detail of one of the themes

For each area of interest, we created a landing page that outlines the purpose of that theme, with links through to the current research displayed as image blocks, to make it easy to navigate to the relevant work.

Image showing the project. There is a short intro text at the top and then an image for each project with a synopsis of each underneath

Interactive world map

A key feature of the website is the interactive map we developed for the ‘Where we work’ section.

The Hub has seven core countries of focus, and a further 17 across the world, in which they have active projects. This interactive map allows people to click on a location pin, which reveals a pop up box that takes you through to country data for the core countries, and current projects for each country.

From here, advanced search filters allow users to find more specific results, or start a new search, by research theme, topic, and/or country.

Image of the interactive map displayed on a tablet, with a mobile phone in front, displaying information about projects in Lebanon

Multi-language

The Hub’s core languages are English, Arabic, Kurdish, Spanish, Sinhala and Tamil, so in order to make the website fully accessible, we needed to consider language from the design phase.

Rather than create separate sites for each language, we configured Polylang – a much lighter version of WordPress Multi-language (WPML) – to allow for translations of each page into the local language, first ensuring suitable fonts were available and accounting in the design phase for varying word length in different languages, including right to left for Arabic.

Image of the Gender Hub website with text in Arabic

Integrated newsletter

Based on the new website site we also created a custom designed newsletter for Gender hub, adding a call to action to the site for people to sign up to stay up to date with their latest research.

An image of the newsletter sign up showing on a tablet on the left, and of a newsletter displayed on a mobile device on the right.

Wholegrain mean it when they say that they use their business as a force for good, they have bought our research to life and made the communication of our work to advance gender, justice and inclusive security so much easier by building such an accessible knowledge platform that will be used to advance change.

Nicky Armstrong