Building Constituencies for Equality and Justice
Mobilising for Women's Rights: The Role of Resources
The final report from this project which sought to clarify the conditions under which external financial support to women’s organising has a positive impact on women’s empowerment as well as the conditions in which successful women’s organising is achievable without such support, was published in September 2011.
The project was undertaken by Pathways of Women's Empowerment in association with The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and included:
- Eleven case studies of women’s rights organisations in Ghana (6) and Bangladesh (5) using participatory methods of critical reflection to investigate how they mobilise resources for their agendas
- an examination of the role, volume and period of donor funding they received and the future without this funding as the new aid modalities make it ever-harder for women’s rights organisations to access resources from the international donor community
Prior to the publication of the report, a conference was held at KIT in Amsterdam which brought together representatives from case study and donor organisations, as well as international activists and researchers, to discuss the research findings and its implications.
For more information:
'Rights and Resources: The Effects of External Financing on Organising for Women's Rights', Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay and Rosalind Eyben with Sohela Nazneen, Maheen Sultan, Agnes Apusigah and Dzodzi Tsikata
'Mobilising for Women's Rights and the Role of Resources: Synthesis Report - Bangladesh', February 2011, Pathways of Women's Empowerment (South Asia) Hub and BRAC Development Institute (pdf file 2 MB)
Pathways to Political Participation for Women
A write-shop in Cairo in December 2010 brought Pathways researchers working on women and politics together with Egyptian politicians, fresh from the experience of contesting the recent round of elections.
Women in Politics, the book that will come out of this work challenges some of the orthodoxies in approaches to women and politics, focusing on constituency building, the limits of training and the structural obstacles faced by women aspirants and how these might be more effectively overcome.
For more information see Pathways to Political Participation for Women