ILO: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), India

“Established in 1972, the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is a “movement” of self-employed women in rural and urban India…It has pioneered the empowerment of self-employed women and of women employed in informal economy enterprises…” Download the publication to find out more. Share this Post

JPAL: ‘The Impact of Women Policy Makers on Public Goods in India’ by Lori Beaman et al.

“Researchers studied the policy consequences of mandated representation of female policymakers by determining whether there was any difference in the provision of social services between male- and female-led village councils. Results suggest that reservations for female leaders affected policy decisions in ways that seemed to better reflect women’s preferences…” Click on the link below to find out more. Share this …

NBER: ‘The Power of TV – Cable Television and Women’s Status in India’ by Robert Jensen, Emily Oster

Over a three year period, the authors gathered individual-level panel data on the effects of cable television on gender attitudes in rural India. The authors find that the introduction of cable television was associated with “significant increases in reported autonomy, decreases in the reported acceptability of beating and decreases in reported son preference…increases in female school enrollment and decreases in …

Video: Barefoot College Solar Energy Womens’ Empowerment Programme

Solar energy provides electricity and reduces carbon emissions, but the Barefoot College also sees it as a catalyst to create employment, boost income and provide self-reliant solutions for village communities. For more information about the Barefoot College and its empowering solutions, visit: http://www.barefootcollege.org/solution/solar/http://www.barefootcollege.org/solution/solar/ Share this Post

The Kup women taking the lead in the Papua New Guinea national elections

In seven short years, Kup Women for Peace, a community organisation in Papua New Guinea, has gone from tribal peacebuilding to ensuring a free, fair, and violence-free election in one small part of Simbu Province. The organisation’s approach was multi-faceted and locally appropriate, enfranchising many women – and educating men – in the process. In a country where women are …

The Raising Her Voice Pakistan Programme

Well known for its highly articulate and influential women, Pakistan is also notorious for the severe restrictions placed on women’s personal and political liberties. The Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme started working on this very complex and sensitive issue by building a country-level partnership with the Aurat Foundation (AF), which for the past 26 years has promoted women’s empowerment and …

The Raising Her Voice Nepal Programme

While gender inequality remains extreme in Nepal, Oxfam’s Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme on women’s empowerment is contributing to and reinforcing an ongoing long-term shift in gender norms, driven by a combination of urbanization, migration, rising levels of literacy and access to media; all of which have combined to erode women’s traditional isolation. That shift has produced some important windows …