Women's Empowerment

Connecting Perspectives on Women’s Empowerment

This volume of IDS Bulletin entitled Connecting Perspectives on Women's Empowerment makes a timely contribution to our understanding of how ideas around empowerment have evolved and how we can move forward to expand women's opportunities and choices and realize women's empowerment in a meaningful way.

Removing Barriers to Women Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Decentralized Sustainable Energy Solutions for the Poor

Rapidly falling renewable technology costs and new business models mean that decentralized energy solutions hold great promise to accelerate universal sustainable energy access. Across developing countries, women are typically the primary household energy managers. Close to their customers, women entrepreneurs have the potential to lower customer acquisition and servicing costs and drive these new decentralized solutions. However, they remain under-represented in the industry.

CEDAW's General Recommendation on the Rights of Rural Women

In this General Recommendation (GR), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) clarifies State obligations to ensure the rights of rural women, with a focus on article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“the Convention”) which recognizes the unique situation of rural women and highlights specific obligations of States parties in recognizing, promoting and protecting their rights.

Making Sense of Land Statistics and Gender

Land statistics disaggregated by sex are useful for showcasing the disparities in land rights between women and men. They also
provide a sense of women’s economic empowerment in agriculture. Unfortunately, land statistics are not always used properly. This infographic tries to understand and interpret better the different land statistics available in FAO’s Gender and Land Rights
Database (GLRD).

Gender Responsive National Communications Toolkit

This toolkit is an initiative of the UNDP Gender Team and the UNDP–UNEP Global Support Programme. It is designed to strengthen the capacity of national government staff and assist them in integrating gender equality into the development of National Communications (NCs). It is recognized that NC reporting processes can be a meaningful entry point for training, awareness-raising and capacity-building eff orts.

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