Unpacking Women's Empowerment: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice in International Development


Conference Poster

ISID’s annual conference on March 15-16, 2018 aims to “unpack” the agenda of women’s empowerment in global development, with an interdisciplinary group of experts who will discuss contemporary challenges and opportunities for research, policy and practice, as well as examine some of the recent evidence on empowerment initiatives in resource-poor settings. The conference will focus on various challenges that confront scholars and policy makers seeking to construct policies and assess their impact on increasing women’s autonomy, voice, and/or well-being in the household, civil society, and national politics. Some of these challenges include the difficulties associated with how to measure and benchmark progress toward achieving women’s empowerment in diverse development contexts, as well as concerns that the design and implementation of women’s empowerment policies obscure their politically contested nature. Other challenges have to do with how to incorporate evidence of social and political backlash in assessing the impact and success of various policies. 

Please note that the program is subject to change. You may download the PDF version here:PDF icon 2018 ISID Conference Program

Registration is now closed due to capacity but we will be setting up a waitlist.  The conference will be recorded and uploaded to ISID’s YouTube page following the event as well as webcast live on Youtube or Facebook Live for those who wish to participate remotely.