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Event at Wilson Center on Pakistani Women’s Collective Action for Change

An Enduring Revolution: Pakistani Women’s Collective Action for Change

The role of women in many developing countries has traditionally been understood as that of a passive receiver of repression or services. Fouzia Saeed’s research findings challenge this view. At this event, Dr. Saeed will share the outcome of her work during her time as the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar. She has studied four different movements where Pakistani women played an active role and successfully brought about changes in policies, legislation, and institutions. Dr. Saeed’s study documents how women exercise collective agency by creating success in movements toward objectives of their own choosing, and how women have the potential to influence national policy and institutions.


Fouzia Saeed
Wilson Center Pakistan Scholar


Michael Kugelman
Senior Program Associate, Wilson Center

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Enhancing women’s assets to manage risk under climate change

A new volume of policy notes summarizes the findings from the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches.” From the IFPRI Research Program on Climate Change, Collective Action, and Women’s Assets, the notes in this collection explore how to protect or strengthen women’s control over critical assets, including natural resources and social capital. These notes also examine the potential for innovative and group-based approaches to increase women’s assets and strengthen their risk-management capabilities in the context of climate change.

Click here to download the full set.

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Resource: Gender, Climate Change and Community-Based Adaptation

Collaboration between the Gender Team at UNDP and the UNDP-GEF CBA Programme Team. This publication is a guidebook for designing and implementing gender-sensitive Community-based adaptation programmes and projects. It seeks to ensure that  forthcoming CBA projects contribute to the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment by integrating a gendered perspective into CBA programming and project design. The guide book provides simple tools and practical advice on how to take a gender-sensitive approach to planning and implementing adaptation projects and programmes, it will be a useful reference for development practitioners and, or policymakers working in this field.

The guidebook can be found in the UNDP publications page http://www.undp.org/women/publications.shtml  hyper-link  Gender, Climate Change and Community-based Adaptation. We welcome you to read, use and share this resource widely with your colleagues and networks.

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News: For the Love of Soccer and a Lasting Sisterhood


About 1:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, a caravan of luxury cars and sport utility vehicles roared into the park where hundreds of supporters had been waiting. President Jacob Zuma had arrived. The president was in this town, about 260 miles northeast of Johannesburg, to commemorate the life of Peter Mokaba, an antiapartheid activist.

Five days before the start of the World Cup, the stars of the celebration were a soccer team — a group of 35 women ages 49 to 84. After the speeches and ceremonies, the team, Vakhegula Vakhegula (Grannies Grannies), would play an exhibition game.

Beka Ntsanwisi founded Vakhegula Vakhegula five years ago as a way of providing inspiration for older women. The team usually plays its league games on Saturdays, but this was a special day with the president coming. And Ntsanwisi wanted to have a word with the president. Continue reading

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News: Cocoa farmers cooperative empowering women in Cote d’Ivoire’s Sud Bandama region

Women have grown cocoa here for decades, but on farms owned by their husbands or male partners. Agathe wants to put an end to traditions that make access to land a “men’s affair”. Coffee-cocoa farms owned by women, not only extend their involvement in agriculture beyond growing foodstuffs but ensure that women become business partners, not the “slaves” or “property” of their spouses and in-laws. While women comprise more than 50 percent of the world’s population, they own only one percent of the world’s wealth and, in Africa, get only one percent of total credit going to agriculture.”

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Source: World Bank