Empowerment: A journey not a destination
19 January 2012
The DFID-funded Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Programme launched a synthesis report based on the findings and recommendations from five years of research in London on 13th January. The report, entitled 'Empowerment: A Journey not a Destination' draws on the collective works of 60 academic-activists in 12 countries on four continents. With six companion policy papers and case studies, the publication shares the latest learning and analysis on what works to enhance women’s empowerment in different parts of the world.
The programme tackled issues which lie at the heart of feminist research and advocacy: women’s work and access to employment and an independent income; women’s sexualities and intimate relationships; and women’s voice and engagement in political institutions and processes.
The report concludes that pathways to women’s empowerment are diverse and highly contextual: what works in one context to transform women’s lives will not necessarily produce the same effects in another. It points to the centrality of both relationships and sexuality to ensuring women’s empowerment, as well as changing attitudes and values which are ‘as important ... as changing women’s material circumstances and political opportunities’.Search Terms analytical frameworks casestudies global