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Women, Land and Food event materials now available

The Women, Land and Food event hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USAID, and Landesa on October 27, 2015, examined the challenges, programming lessons and evidence demonstrating the profound link between land rights, food security and women’s empowerment.   Now, you can further explore related event content:

A growing body of evidence indicates a profound link between stronger women’s land rights and a variety of critical development issues, including enhanced food security and improved household nutrition. And the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ending poverty, global food security and gender equality all have secure land rights and resources as key underlying components.

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Publication in Dædalus: Invisible Women

New publication from Catherine Bertini in Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Abstract: Women are ubiquitous and critical to the nutritional well-being of their families, yet they are often invisible to policy-makers, public officials, community leaders, and researchers. Effecting significant decreases in the number of hungry poor people, as well as the improvement of nutritional and economic outcomes, requires policy in addition to operational and research priorities that are directed at the needs of women and girls.

Read the article here: Bertini (2015). Invisible Women.

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Webinar: The Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI) – September 23

IFPRI will be hosting a webinar “The Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI)” on September 23rd from  9:30-11:00 am EST.  More information about the session and a link to register is below.

This webinar will focus on the newly-launched abbreviated version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI). The A-WEAI is a shorter, streamlined version of the original WEAI survey tool. It will be launched by USAID one week prior to this webinar, on September 16th. On the 23rd, IFPRI’s WEAI Research Coordinator, Hazel Malapit, joined by Farzana Ramzan and Emily Hogue from USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, will discuss the reasons for developing a shorter version of the WEAI, describe the development and piloting process of the A-WEAI, and highlight the differences between the A-WEAI and the original WEAI. Time will also be allowed for a question and answer session with webinar participants.  Presented by: Hazel Malapit, Research Coordinator, IFPRI, Farzana Ramzan, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, USAID Bureau for Food Security, and Emily Hogue, Team Leader for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, USAID Bureau for Food Security

For more information on the WEAI, please visit the WEAI Resource Center.   Please register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1992709063315119105

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IFPRI Gender Methods Seminar: The Impact of Microfinance on Factors Empowering Women: Regional and Delivery Mechanisms in India’s SHG Programme

Materials from the July 20, 2015 Gender Methods Seminar are now available online. Professor Ranjula Bali Swain presented at IFPRI on the impact of microfinance on women’s empowerment, examining how the impact varies with respect to the location and type of group linkage of the respondent.

The slides are available on the IFPRI Gender Slideshare site, along with the other previous Gender Methods Seminars.

The screencast of the presentation is available here.

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Debate: Economics or Politics: Which Drives Women’s Empowerment?

A debate hosted by the National Democratic Institute and Women, Business, and the Law (World Bank)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Room I 2-250, World Bank Group I Building, 1850 I St NW


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Irene Khan (Economic Empowerment) is Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The first woman to hold this office, she was elected by Member Parties in November 2011 and took up her position in January 2012 for a term of four years. She is an internationally known expert and activist on human rights and gender issues. From 2001-2009, she served as Secretary General of Amnesty International, where she was the first woman, Asian, and Muslim to head the world’s largest human rights organization. Under her leadership Amnesty launched its first global campaign on women and girls (Stop Violence Against Women). Prior to joining Amnesty International, she worked with the UN High Commissioner High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years including in senior leadership positions at headquarters and various field operations around the world. She is Chancellor of Salford University and a board member of the Charity Commission of England and Wales. She studied law at the University of Manchester, UK and Harvard Law School USA. She is the author of The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, which has been translated into six languages.

Professor Linda Scott (Economic Empowerment) is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is best known for devising the concept of the Double X Economy — which denotes the global economy of women in the developed and developing world and the roles of women not only as consumers but as investors, donors, and workers. She writes a blog called “The Double X Economy” and blogs for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek on gender issues. She is founder of Power Shift, the Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy and serves on the Access to Markets subcommittee of the International Business Women’s Leadership Council of the US State Department. She is currently leading a global initiative to add women’s financial inclusion to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Shari Bryan (Political Empowerment) is Vice President of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). She served previously as Senior Associate and Regional Director of the Institute’s democratic development programs in Southern and East Africa from 2001-2008 and has overseen the expansion of NDI programs in the region with the establishment of seven permanent offices, which support political, civic, and governance development throughout the continent. She has traveled to and worked in more than 22 countries in Africa, organized election observation missions around the region, and provided training in the skills necessary for political candidates, government officials, and voters to participate in democratic life. She is a guest and commentator for major media and presented papers before a variety of international organizations. Her publications include Money in Politics A Study of Party Financing Practices in 22 Countries and Transparency and Accountability in Africa’s Extractive Industries: The Role of the Legislature.


Sandra Pepera (Political Empowerment) is a career diplomat and international development professional. Before joining NDI as Director for Gender, Women, and Democracy, she spent 13 years as a senior officer at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), where she led programs in the Caribbean, Rwanda, Burundi, and Sudan. Prior to joining DFID, she spent time in British domestic politics, lectured in political science and international relations at the University of Ghana, and served as a political analyst in the Political Affairs Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Her skills include strategy development, political and risk analysis, diplomacy, general management, and corporate governance. Much of her career has been spent working in or on transitional economies, focusing on building resilient and inclusive institutions.She is a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Network, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Global Board Ready Women initiative, and the International Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Journal for International Affairs.

Joanne Levine (Moderator) is an Emmy Award-winning international journalist and foreign policy expert. She recently became Executive Director of Al Jazeera America.

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New publication: What dimensions of women’s empowerment matter for nutrition in Ghana?

Photo: Alison Slack. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

A woman works the field in Ghana. Photo: Alison Slack. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

Abstract: This paper investigates linkages between women’s empowerment in agriculture and the nutritional status of women and children using 2012 baseline data from the Feed the Future population-based survey in northern Ghana. Using a new survey-based index, the women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, we conduct individual-level analyses of nutrition-related indicators including exclusive breastfeeding, children’s dietary diversity score, minimum dietary diversity and minimum acceptable diet, children’s height-for-age, weight-for-height, and weight-for-age z-scores, and women’s dietary diversity score and body mass index. Results suggest that women’s empowerment is more strongly associated with the quality of infant and young child feeding practices and only weakly associated with child nutrition status. Women’s empowerment in credit decisions is positively and significantly correlated with women’s dietary diversity, but not body mass index. This suggests that improved nutritional status is not necessarily correlated with empowerment across all domains, and that these domains may have different impacts on nutrition.

Available here.

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Five great job opportunities: ACDI/VOCA, Women for Women International, Banyan Global, & International Rescue Committee

Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. Source: Flickr

Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. Source: Flickr

Director of Gender Mainstreaming and Women’s Empowerment

Gender and Social Empowerment Associate Director with Women for Women International 

Associate Director, Monitoring, Research, and Evaluation with Women for Women International 

Gender Specialist, Mozambique with Banyan Global

Women’s Protection and Empowerment Senior Research Manager with the International Rescue Committee