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Empowerment

Women as decision-makers: Divergent fertility preferences, concealed contraception, and the need for impact evaluations

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, by Caroline Tangoren

As of 2018, one in five women had an unmet need for modern contraceptive methods. Last week, as we marked the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights—just one year before the Family Planning 2020 goals are due to be met—we reflected on the multiple barriers preventing women from achieving their fertility goals. 

Some constraints are due to the health system itself, like lack of physical... Read More

Conference presentation

Sharing experiences of measuring women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations

Thursday, April 4, 2019, by Aulia Anggita Larasati and Widyana Perdhani

Celebrating International Women’s Day at J-PAL Southeast Asia through a workshop on J-PAL’s Practical Guide to Measuring Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment Read More

A woman harvesting peas

Launching a practical guide to measuring women's and girls’ empowerment

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, by Lucia Diaz-Martin, Rachel Glennerster, and Claire Walsh

As part of the formative research that my research team and I (Rachel) conducted for a randomized evaluation on adolescent girls’ empowerment in Bangladesh, we interviewed young women about their daily lives, aspirations, and what they wanted to do that they were prohibited from doing. We also interviewed local NGOs and community partners, asking: “What does an empowered girl do differently than a girl who is not... Read More

Girls in uniform sit in classroom

International Day of the Girl Child: How do we close the gender gap in school participation?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, by Lucia Diaz-Martin

International Day of the Girl Child aims to, in the words of the United Nations, "address the needs and challenges girls face worldwide, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights." As Goal 4 of the SDGs notes, education is one of the most basic human rights—and yet girls in low-income countries are less likely to be enrolled in school than their male peers, and... Read More

Is it time to rethink how we measure women’s household decision-making power in impact evaluations?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, by Rachel Glennerster and Claire Walsh

One of the first rules of thumb you learn about developing survey questions is that they should be specific and time-bound. In other words, it’s better if a question is about a specific event or behavior rather than a vague idea so respondents are less likely to interpret it in different ways, and it should include a clear timeframe so that their responses are comparable. Read More

Map of the world with dots representing gender-related evaluations

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by J-PAL

Promoting gender equity and empowering women and girls is not only important in its own right, but also contributes to poverty reduction. As J-PAL affiliate Rohini Pande (Harvard; Co-Director, Evidence for Policy Design) points out, girls’ and women’s participation in the economy and politics has the potential for far-reaching effects. "If we, as a society, can empower women politically—as leaders, as informed voters, and as active citizens—we enable... Read More