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Empowering poor women to engage effectively in governance

New Resource: Progress on women's empowerment: from technical fixes to political action

Helpful overview from the Overseas Development Institute of key development theories and concepts shaping women's empowerment thinking today and how these are put into action.....a good reminder for all of us and useful sections for sharing with non-gender colleagues (plus a great bibliography!)

Key messages:

- Women’s empowerment is a process of personal and social change through which they gain power, meaningful choices and control over their lives.

- There are many pathways to women’s empowerment but important enabling conditions include women’s collective action, constitutional and legal reform, social and economic policy measures, and changes in socio-cultural norms.

- Empowerment is not something that can be done to or for women. Women are the agents of their empowerment.

- To contribute to progress on women’s empowerment, the international community must support the political actions of women and their allies to change gender and other power hierarchies.

To read the full report see: http://www.odi.org/publications/8996-progress-womens-empowerment-te...

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