What makes change happen in women’s lives?
Pathways of Women’s Empowerment is an international research and communications programme established in 2006 which links academics with activists and practitioners to find out what works to enhance women’s empowerment. We are identifying where women are achieving real gains and discovering the positive and negative factors which have influenced their journey. Pathways was funded by UKAid from the Department for International Development until 2011 and has received additional financing from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that enabled the programme to expand to include countries in conflict, post-conflict and crisis situations. It is now funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).
In this article for The Guardian, Mariz Tadros suggests that this year's 16-day campaign of global activism against violence, which focuses on militarism, fails to recognise the way in which the absence of human security and rule of law is creating a perfect environment for the perpetuation of violence against women in Arab countries that have experienced tumultuous change.
This new report captures some of the dilemmas, new thinking, the interactive process, analyses, future possibilities and challenges identified within debates on patriarchy held within an international symposium hosted by IDS in Brighton in September 2013. One of the symposium’s key aims was to help revitalise and advance thinking about gender inequality in relation to patriarchy and to re-politicise ‘gender in development’. The event brought together researchers, activists, practitioners, and policy makers from a range of fields.
This Real World film directed by Anna Cady is proving popular at film festivals and conferences. Following its success in being shortlisted for the Sundance Film Festival, in November it will be shown at both the Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival in Paris and the Underwire Film Festival in London where it has been shortlisted for the best sound designer award.
This new book edited by Rosalind Eyben and Laura Turquet reflects on the progress of gender mainstreaming in development. It draws on personal stories from feminists working within the aid bureaucracy to show how these women can build effective strategies to influence development organisations to foster greater understanding and forge more effective alliances for social change.
In preparation for the 30th of June millioniyya [one million person protest] against the current Muslim Brotherhood-led regime, youth coalitions, women’s organizations and human rights activists are bracing themselves for a wave of politically motivated sexual assaults. Here, Mariz Tadros discusses women's and men's experiences from the Egyptian protests and details witness experiences of targeted sexual assault.
This new case study from Mariz Tadros is about the use of sexual violence against women and men in order to deter the opposition from engaging in protests and demonstrations in a context of a country in transition, Egypt.
Latest in the Pathways' Feminisms and Development series from Zed Books. This pioneering collection, edited by Andrea Cornwall, Susie Jolly and Kate Hawkins explores the ways in which positive, pleasure-focused approaches to sexuality can empower women.
Naila Kabeer and Jessica Woodroffe argue in this blog for The Guardian, that UN high-level panel consultations cannot ignore the importance of dedicated gender target when looking for the next 'new idea' after the Millennium Development Goals.
This new book edited by Naila Kabeer, Ratna Sudarshan and Kirsty Milward and published by Zed is the first in a series on Feminisms in Development from the Pathways programme. This first book offers vibrant accounts of how women working as farm workers, sex workers, domestic workers, waste pickers, fisheries workers and migrant factory workers have organized for collective action.
In this blog for the IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team, Mariz Tadros pays tribute to the men who choose to be positive deviants and who even put their lives at risk to support a more humane society.
On International Women’s Day Rosalind Eyben reflects on IDS’s progress in raising the profile of care in development. See also Naomi Hossain's blog on 'I'm Still Hungry Mum: The Return of Care'.
This new IDS Working Paper from Naila Kabeer and Luisa Natali asks to what extent does gender equality contribute to economic growth? And to what extent does the reverse relationship hold true?
by Naila Kabeer Ragui Assaad, Akosua Darkwah, Simeen Mahmud, Hania Sholkamy, Sakiba Tasneem and Dzodzi Tsikata
Drawing on household survey data collected in Egypt, Ghana and Bangladesh as part of the Pathways empowering work programme, this report for UN Women provides insights into the ‘resource’ pathways that enhance women’s agency and thereby contribute to the inclusiveness of the economic growth process.
This policy briefing from Rosalind Eyben explains why care continues to be neglected in development policy and programming. It recommends the employment of three power tools to achieve a strategic succession of small wins with respect to naming, framing, claiming and programming care.
Based on the results of the First Pan India Survey of Female Sex Workers, this paper by Rohini Sahni and V. Kalyan Shankar positions sex work within the broader spectrum of informal labour markets that women engage with in India.
The eruption of protests, violence and civil disobedience in Egypt this month is a replay of the scene in 2011 before the status quo was ruptured, but the current regime’s attacks on women and religious minorities in order to quell opposition is more pervasive than anything seen before, argues Mariz Tadros in this Open Democracy article.
30% - Women in Politics in Sierra Leone directed by Anna Cady and Emily Cooper as part of the Real World scheme has been selected for screening at the 2013 Sundance Festival in Utah in January. The film was one of 65 chosen from a record 8,102 submissions. Festival Director of Programming, Trevor Groth, said: "The selections represent the immensely varied and dynamic approaches to storytelling that will inspire audiences with their huge accomplishments within a limited timeframe".
“Across the globe women seem to rise above the most challenging circumstances” but we are less clear “about the pathways to empowerment” Professor Takyiwaa Manuh