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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.
"Empowering Adolescent Girls" the fourth in the ‘Gender, Evaluation and Empowerment’ Series. This discussion will focus on specific challenges faced by researchers, civil society, and development organizations in evaluating efforts to empower adolescent girls.
When & Where
CLEAR South Asia
CLEAR is a global initiative supported by several donors and coordinated by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. It aims to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and project management (PM) capacities in developing countries to achieve development outcomes. It has regional centres in Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, East Asia, Latin America and South Asia.
The CLEAR South Asia Regional Centre is hosted by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai since May 2011. The Centre seeks to build capacity in the region for better monitoring, primary data collection and rigorous evaluation of on-going programs. It works to strengthen existing M&E practices through capacity development, knowledge sharing and advisory services.
To know more, please visit our website: www.clearsouthasia.org