Panel Session at the 62nd UN Commission for the Status of Women: How can we improve the life choices for women in rural Africa?

Image credit: © Jorge Martin 2018. 

United Nations Headquarters in New York
Venue: Salvation Army
Room: Downstairs

20/03/2018 - 10:30 to 12:00

Women and girls are often expected to fulfil roles that limit their ability to make strategic and empowering life choices, this is particularly true in rural settings. Whether this is because of traditional and cultural expectations, economic status or lack of access to healthcare and education – there are many opportunities to increase women’s life choices.

Chaired by Thokozile Ruzvidzo, Director, Social Development Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the panel of researchers and NGOs will propose policies ideas based on research and evidence on the shame of poverty, social mobility, economic empowerment and educational aspiration.

The panel includes: 

The session will be based on research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) and is sponsored by The Impact Initiative for International Development Research and The Institute Of Development Studies. It is organised as part of the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women CSW62 (2018) and focuses on 'Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

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ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Women's Life Choices