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Track 3: Gender Equality as a Resilience Strategy

Gender-based inequalities and social exclusion are key factors undermining people’s and community’s capacities to cope with and recover from shocks. There is growing evidence of the numerous ways in which women and men are distinctively vulnerable to displacement, climate change, economic downturns, illness and disease, and related stresses, as well as how they mobilize different capacities to build their resilience. Adopting a gender lens helps practitioners to develop a deeper understanding of the different experiences between men and women as well as to design better programmatic responses that take gendered social norms and access to resources into consideration.

This track will explore how gender relations – the relation of power between men and women – are a critical factor in women’s economic empowerment and influence resilience strategies at the household and community levels. The committee is interested in exploring gender approaches around: increasing investment in the face of risk; strategies for risk reduction; facilitating risk preparedness; and responding positively and proactively when a shock hits.

  • How can resilience-building strategies address gender inequality? What additional tools and approaches are needed to reduce risk and maximize success of women in economic activities for increased resilience?
  • How does access to housing, land and property influence the resilience strategies of women and men?
  • How do women’s mitigation strategies differ from men’s? What role does women’s agency play in their ability to employ effective strategies?
  • How do we promote behavioral change (change in harmful social norms) in market systems programming to ensure that women are economically empowered and resilient to shocks and stresses? How can men be more effectively engaged in these processes?
  • How can digital financial services and financial technologies support resilience for women?
  • How can gender equality be addressed in fragile contexts in ways that promote resilience while not increasing risks for women and girls?
  • What role can women’s organizations and women’s collectives play in building local resilience? What role can men play in influencing positive change?
  • Does the awareness of successful women in business contribute to women’s persistence in their own economic endeavors through challenges? How do role models and/or mentors support the building of resilience for women’s businesses?
  • How do we support more resilient households to enable young and adolescent girls to remain in school and increase their lifetime earning potential? What role can men and boys play?
  • Can the circumstances associated with women’s integration into the labor force undermine resilience for women and the household? Do employment strategies for women adequately consider these risks?
  • Does increasing household resilience enable women’s ability to engage in more profitable and stable economic opportunities? How do these opportunities further support greater resilience?
  • Examples of women’s collectives defining and shaping policies that affect resilience (citizenship rights, access to and control over resources, climate change policies, etc.)
  • Discussing financial technologies that help women better mitigate risks and respond to shocks and stresses
  • Providing examples of workforce development programs for women that integrate resilience perspectives, strategies, and measurements
  • Sharing strategies that promote the visibility and leadership of women in value chains – from owning individuals owning farms, to chairing collectives, to acting in groups in more profitable positions in the chain – as a means to strengthen system resilience
  • Introducing tools for consulting women and girls on their perceptions of vulnerability and resilience, as well as the barriers they experience as they enter economic activities, and their goals and aspirations
  • Providing lessons learned from programs where men and boys are encouraged to play a role in changing gender norms
  • Examination of the role of women in preparing for and showing leadership in recovering from disasters

We are currently accepting proposals from SEEP members for Peer Learning Sessions and abstracts for the Innovation Challenge. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2019. 

 

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