Work associated with this theme is at once conceptual, creative and intensely practical. It includes regional and international dialogues between diverse people from within and beyond the world of development, with the aim of seeking new ways of understanding and explaining the process and dimensions of women's empowerment.
A sample of our activities around this theme over the last year include:
Talking about Empowerment in Arabic
Hania Sholkamy - the Pathways Middle East Hub Convenor - speaks about their project 'Talking Empowerment in Arabic' which has involved three workshops taking place over a two year period with participants ranging from academics, translators, activists, politicans and development workers revisiting the vocabulary of empowerment and how this translates into Arabic.
Interview with Hania Sholkamy in Arabic
Interview with Hania Sholkamy in English
Feminists Working in International Development Organisations
One of the elements within the Global Hub part of the Pathways programme has been a research project of reflective practice with a small and self-selected group of feminist policy practitioners working on women’s rights and gender equality issues in the head offices of international development organisations (bilateral, multilateral and INGO).The project aims to:
- Enable those directly engaged in the research to become more effective practitioners by studying and reflecting on their own experiences and sharing with each other their strategies for change to enable their organisations to facilitate pathways of women’s empowerment
- Share more widely what has been learnt so as to strengthen the strategic capacity of feminists working in global development policy spaces
The small group met in October last year for a weekend workshop to share and reflect on their experiences of success and failure and to identify practical ways of sharing more broadly what they have learnt. A report from that workshop is available to download from the Global Hub webpage.