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Are we empowering women?

Santos, Cristina (2017). Are we empowering women? Policy in Focus, 14(1) pp. 7–9.

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Ensuring that societies can function well while securing the rights of women within them to have opportunities and freedom to flourish as individuals in their own right is one of the most current social protection and development policy priorities. Recently, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have recognised gender equality and women’s impowerment as key to reducing inequalities, gender-based violence and poverty, giving women’s struggles a prominent perspective. While adequate policy and institutional change are fundamental underpinnings of the promotion of well-being for women and girls, this process lies at the core of complex, dynamic and intertwined social systems and beliefs. However, many policies and development programmes are designed within a neoliberal ethos which takes the woman, and not the social systems to which the woman belongs, as the key player responsible for driving change. Drawing on some experiences and evidence from developed and developing countries, and looking in particular at conditional cash transfer programmes (CCTs), we will revisit what it means to empower women as a process and as a goal. Should we empower women? And perhaps more importantly, are we empowering women?

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth
ISSN: 2318-8995
Extra Information: Social protection: towards gender equality
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 50808
Depositing User: Cristina Santos
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 13:11
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:51
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