M&E Roundtable Series # 10 Experiences in Evaluating Policies and Projects Aimed at Ending Violence Against Women

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April 22, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This discussion focused on the specific challenges of civil society and development organizations to research and evaluate efforts to reduce and end the practice of violence against women in the South Asian context.

Background:

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 the Community of Evaluators (CoE) and UN Women has 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 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 will 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.

‘Experiences in Evaluating Projects Aimed at Ending Violence Against Women’ was the third in the ‘Gender, Evaluation and Empowerment’ Series. This discussion focused on the specific challenges of civil society and development organizations to research and evaluate efforts to reduce and end the practice of violence against women in the South Asian context. The speakers included: Anjali Dave, Professor & Chairperson, Centre for Equity for Women Children and Families, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences; Shrijna Dixon, Programme Assistant; Shreyasi Jha, M&E Specialist, UN Women; Priya Nanda, Director, Social and Economic Development Group, The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). The discussion was moderated by Sonal Zaveri, PhD, Founder Member and Secretary, Community of Evaluators South Asia.

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