10:00—12:00 PM
Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW
- Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

How Should We Measure Women’s Economic Empowerment?


Susana Martinez-Restrepo, Researcher, Fedesarrollo, Co-Founder at CoreWoman
Sonia Laszlo, Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University


Markus Goldstein, Gender Practice Leader, World Bank Africa Region
Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development, London School of Economics Gender Institute
Supriya Garikipati, Reader in Development Studies, University of Liverpool Management School
Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and United Nations Foundation


Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director, Data2X

The terminology describing economic programs for women has changed: actions to ‘empower women economically’ have replaced efforts to ‘increase women’s productivity and incomes.’ But how can we actually measure ‘economic empowerment’? Last November, CGD, in collaboration with Data2X, IDRC and the World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab organized a panel discussion on possible measures and issues, drawing on evidence from the ExxonMobil Foundation-funded report Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Roadmap and its update, “Revisiting What Works.” Read the overview here. Since then, new research has been conducted which raises alternative perspectives on these measures.
The event, co-sponsored by CGD, Data2X and IDRC, will mark the launch of a new book, Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: Lessons from South America. Co-Editor Susana Martinez-Restrepo will present main findings from field work in Colombia, Peru and Uruguay. A panel discussion with some of the leading experts on the topic will follow the launch.
A limited number of complimentary copies of the book’s executive summary will be available for attendees. Martinez-Restrepo’s book and Goldstein’s paper are available online. Light refreshments will be served.
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