Welcome to Pathways of Women's Empowerment Annual Report 2007-2008
During 2007/2008 the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment RPC has been building on the foundations put in place during its first intense and exciting year. A series of high-profile policy-oriented events has been coupled by the start of a number of empirical research projects that draw on the best of the range of disciplinary expertise in the Consortium – from the design of instruments for application in panel and other surveys in Bangladesh and Ghana, to fine-grained participatory and ethnographic fieldwork in poor neighbourhoods in Brazil and Egypt.
A Pathways-initiated event that explored what it takes to increase political representation of women in the Brazilian National Congress attracted the attention of national media, as well as featuring prominently in the Congress’ own media communications. Coinciding with a much-contested vote on political reform, the timing could not have been better. A Pathways-sponsored exchange between those who design and study Conditional Cash Transfers brought Latin American experience to Egypt at a crucial juncture in the policy process, with the aim of identifying what it takes to make CCT programmes more empowering for women. Fostering these kinds of exchanges lies at the heart of the Pathways approach – opening up spaces and creating opportunities for dialogue and learning, stimulating processes that bring new and fresh perspectives to bear on entrenched problems, and encouraging people to think out of the box.
For further background information on who we are and the work of the Pathways RPC see our new brochure:
(Link to Pathways Brochure in pdf format (743KB))