WISE welcomes the 2018 theme for International Women’s Day, #PressforProgress.  WISE especially welcomes the UN Women theme for 2018, Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives, and hopes that this re-centring of the struggle on the agency and voices of rural and urban activism will lead to a reclamation of the women’s rights agenda within development discourse by those who pioneered it.

WISE welcomes the 2018 theme for International Women’s Day, #PressforProgress.  WISE especially welcomes the UN Women theme for 2018, Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives, and hopes that this re-centring of the struggle on the agency and voices of rural and urban activism will lead to a reclamation of the women’s rights agenda within development discourse by those who pioneered it.

WISE Development has recently undertaken a scoping study to inform investment and operational strategy for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Economic Advancement Program (EAP). The EAP will seek to increase economic benefits for female workers, particularly those working in the informal sector, and to increase the voice of women in economic policy making.

WISE Network Consultant Clare Bishop has devised a tool for assessing the gender responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives. On her recent blog on The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business, Clare Bishop writes about a tool that has been developed during a recent study undertaken by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development on women’s empowerment in agribusiness. The […]

WISE Director Georgia Taylor’s work with WHO on “Midwives Voices, Midwives Realities” cited in WHO statement to UN Commission on the Status of Women 2017.

Since January 2016, WISE has been working with Nathan Associates to help to address gender based constraints on the Market Development Programme (MADE) for Northern Ghana which is in its third year of implementation. The UKAid funded programme uses a market systems approach, Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) aimed at facilitating and stimulating sustainable economic transformation through agribusinesses and rural enterprises

WISE Development has been supporting a range of programmes to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment, specifically women’s economic empowerment, since 2001. Recent work on social enterprise and social movements has added to our learning. We have found that culture, attitudes and behaviours within programme teams and within companies influence how well they can integrate approaches for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Two co-ops set up by WISE’s partner in India, SAMPARK, to support women’s economic empowerment self-help groups in Karnataka, India, have been awarded prestigious awards for the work that they do.

Putting the feminist paradigm into action – back women’s movements for a real chance at equality

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