M&E Roundtable # 12 Qualitatively Measuring "Women’s Empowerment": Lessons from South Asia

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February 16, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia at IFMR in collaboration with Community of Evaluators (CoE) and UN Women organised the final roundtable in the Gender, Evaluation and Empowerment Series on “Qualitatively Measuring ‘Women’s Empowerment’: Lessons from South Asia” on February 16, 2015 in Mumbai. Click here to watch the video of the roundtable.

Background on the Gender, Evaluation and Empowerment Series:

Over the last few decades, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of women in development. Women’s empowerment can lead to economic growth, better health outcomes, reduction of poverty, and increased educational attainment. However, there are very few mainstream tools or indicators to accurately measure female empowerment outcomes. Measuring women’s empowerment is challenging, as its definition and conceptualization can vary geographically, culturally, socially, and politically. Organizations and researchers often face challenges in defining, capturing and comparing measures of women’s empowerment across regions and sectors.

CLEAR South Asia, hosted at J-PAL South Asia at IFMR in collaboration with Community of Evaluators (CoE) and UN Women initiated a series of roundtable discussions on ‘Gender, Evaluation and Empowerment.’ These roundtables aim to create a forum for researchers, M&E professionals, and civil society organizations to showcase their experiences capturing the concept of ‘women’s empowerment’ in their own projects. The roundtables include key gender and M&E experts in South Asia, highlighting the challenges in defining and measuring gender outcomes and providing insights to new and innovative gender measures, which can be applied within South Asia and globally. These include global composite indices of empowerment, as well as more sector-specific measures spanning economic empowerment to violence against women and shifting gender norms among adolescents. The roundtables draw upon several disciplines, backgrounds, and research methodologies, creating a forum for researchers, M&E professionals, and civil society organizations working on issues of gender and female empowerment. This roundtable was the final in the Gender, Evaluation and Empowerment series.

Watch Part 2 and Part 3 here. 

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