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CASID Certificate 5 Making Gender Empowerment Programs Effective

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Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) University of Ottawa

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Event Title: Making Gender Empowerment Programs Effective - Overcoming Challengs and Learning Ways to Measure Effectiveness

A Special International Women's Day Event.

Certificate Facilitators: Dr. Kate Grantham (GrOW initiative and McGill University) and Dr. Nipa Banerjee (University of Ottawa)

Required Readings:

http://www.nipabanerjee.com/BackgroundDiscussionPaper.docx

Laszlo, S. and Grantham, K. 2017. “Measurement of Women’s Economic Empowerment in GrOW Projects: Inventory and User Guide.” GrOW Research Working Paper Series. Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Practical Skills Component:

Learning (a) how to avoid the usual pitfalls in gender empowerment policies that often contribute to the failure of gender empowerment programs in developing country contexts; and (b) how to select and use appropriate measures to assess effectiveness of gender empowerment programs.

Material to be Covered:

Part I that will be based on a brief reading (5 pages) prepared by the facilitators as background material. The material takes a critical look at gender mainstreaming as a policy to empower women and its applications in various contexts. The first hour of discussion will prepare the participants for - and link them to - Part II on the challenges of measuring women’s empowerment. For better focus within a short span of time, measurements for women’s economic empowerment specifically will be discussed. The material in Part II, prepared by Kate Grantham, helps participants to review the conceptual and methodological challenges of measuring women’s economic empowerment in international development. This discussion will be based on a short working paper (15 pages, plus appendices) examining the measurement of women’s economic empowerment in the IDRC-led Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program.

To ensure the seminar is both practical and interactive, participants will spend the majority of time in Part II working in groups to review a case study (a hypothetical development project) and discuss how they would approach the measurement of women’s empowerment in this case. We will spend the final hour of the seminar discussing participants chosen measurement approaches and comparing their respective strengths and limitations. Students who are conducting their own research in this area (i.e. graduate students) will also be encouraged to reflect on potential approaches for the measurement of women’s empowerment in their own projects.

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