Publication: A Silent ‘Revolution’? Women’s Empowerment in Rural Tamil Nadu

Staffan Lindberg, , Venkatesh B athreya, , R Vidyasagar , Goran Djurfeldt , A Rajagopal One of the most significant social changes over the past 25 years in Tamil Nadu is the entry of women into the local political bodies at the village and village union levels through the 33% reservation system. Simultaneously, women are >> Read more

Event (DC): Renewing the IDB’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment

The Inter-American Development Bank would like to invite you to join IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno in a launch event for the IDB’s Policy on Gender Equality and Gender Action Plan. Keynote Speaker: Michelle Bachelet United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women Guest Speaker: Vanda Pignato Secretary of Social Inclusion and First Lady >> Read more

News: ALINe working with the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress initiative to further women’s economic empowerment

ALINe is supporting the World Food Programme (WFP) in the development of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) global gender strategy. Through the P4P initiative, WFP is using its purchasing power to offer smallholder farmers opportunities to access agricultural markets, become competitive players in those markets and thus improve their livelihoods. P4P provides a particularly appropriate >> Read more

Resource: Corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s performance with regard to gender equality and women’s empowerment

The IFAD corporate gender evaluation is now accessible on the web and will be discussed at up-coming EB seminar (13 December) and EB session (14-16 December). http://www.ifad.org/gbdocs/eb/ec/e/65/EC-2010-65-W-P-4.pd

Resource: DFID launches discussion forum on women’s economic empowerment

DFID has launched an online discussion forum on women’s economic empowerment to draw together leading academics and practitioners and provide an exciting platform for discussion and debate.

Multimedia: The Gold of Moqatam – Solar Technology and Gender Empowerment

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Event (DC): Ensuring Vulnerable Women’s Autonomy Through Economic Independence and Professional Integration:Morocco’s Accomplishments of the Millennium Development Goals

ABSTRACT: In recent years the Kingdom of Morocco has made important strides in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set out by the United Nations. One of the MDGs is the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. Aicha Ech-Channa will discuss her 25-year experience as a social activist defending the rights of women and >> Read more

News: Educating Women Saves Children, Study Finds

LONDON (AP) — Giving young women an education resulted in saving the lives of more than four million children worldwide in 2009, according to a new study published Friday. American researchers analyzed 915 censuses and surveys from 175 countries tracking education, economic growth, H.I.V. infection rates and child deaths from 1970 to 2009. By using >> Read more

Event: Online Discussion and Podcast on Gender, Education and Employment

You are invited to participate in an online discussion on the linkages between women's and girls' access to and participation in formal and non-formal education and training, and their equal access to full employment and decent work. The online discussion will take place from 7 to 20 July in both English and French. It is >> Read more

Opinion: Empowering the mothers of Africa, by Grace Mukasa

"In his blog last month about the experiences of Katine women who are participating in village savings schemes, Richard M Kavuma was right to conclude that there is still much to do to change attitudes towards women's empowerment. And it is not only the attitudes of men that need to change, but also of women >> Read more