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Tuesday, September 17 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Learning from feminist economics to measure what counts to women

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Farida Fleming (Assai  Consult), Neema Nand (Fiji Women's Fund)

Women’s economic empowerment is currently a key focus of funding for development agencies. Expanding women’s economic opportunities benefits both women and society. For example, the benefits of expanding women’s economic opportunities found by the UN Foundation and ExxonMobil Foundation’s research include greater investments in children, reduced poverty for all and enhanced aspirations for the next generation of girls and women. However, the danger is that women’s economic empowerment programming and related monitoring and evaluation is based on an interpretation of economics that privileges a male-identified, western, and heterosexual perspective.

The paper takes a feminist economic approach to further develop existing approaches to monitoring and evaluating women’s economic empowerment initiatives. This approach draws from three key ideas. Firstly, it emphasizes the importance of collectives, in contrast to a focus on individual women. Secondly, it problematizes the household unit taking account of intra-household bargaining and differences in power. Thirdly, it encourages a focus on both women and men in order to see how women’s economic empowerment results in changes in gendered work, especially care activities.

The paper draws from the experience of women’s organisations, collectives and social enterprises in Fiji working to empower women socially and economically.

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Dr. Suzanne Evas

Senior Evaluation and Research Officer, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Suzanne Evas has been working broadly in the social services sector for over 25 years. She began her professional life as an allied health practitioner and program coordinator, working across clinical and community settings in the US and Canada. A PhD scholarship at the University... Read More →

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Farida Fleming

Principal Evaluator, Assai
I evaluate social justice programs, mostly in the fields of education and women's empowerment. I'm focused on getting people and organisations to better use evaluations to improve their practice. I facilitate learning processes, through evaluation activities, to help people and organisations... Read More →
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Menka Goudan

Senior Program Manager, Fiji Womens Fund
I am Menka Goundan. I currently work as the Senior Program Manager at the Fiji Women's Fund. At the Fund, I manage grant administration and capacity support. I previously worked at the Fiji Women's Rights Movement as the Team Leader- Gender and Transitional Justice and prior to the... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm AEST