The Power of Data: How Gender Focused Research Institutes in Africa Can Support Rural Women and Girls

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As part of its internationally focused “Power of Data” series, the Wellesley Centers for Women hosted a panel, “The Power of Data: How Gender Focused Research Institutes in Africa Can Support Rural Women and Girls,” during the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, NY. 

From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth & Equity for Women

A research forum for change makers

 


On June 7, 2017, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College, and the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College joined together to host a research forum for change makers in Washington, D.C., at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Leading researchers, advocates, practitioners, and policymakers convened at this day-long program and left with a better understanding of the complex issues underlying the current social and political climate, empowered with research and resources to strengthen their fight for equity and influence.

Panels considered gender while focusing on: the intersectionality of race, religion, and immigration; child care and leave polices; income equality and labor markets; and health, wellbeing, violence, and safety.

 

illustrationGreensm2The Power of Data:

How Women- and Gender-Focused Research Organizations

Can Advance SDG 5

 

Date: March 16, 2016 • 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Presenters: Layli Maparyn, Ph.D., Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., PeiYao Chen, Ph.D., Clementina Furtado, Ph.D., Shiv Datt Sharma, Ph.D.
Location: Church Center United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York, NY 10017

Moderated by:
Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann ’67 Executive Director, Wellesley Centers for Women

Featuring:
PeiYao Chen, Ph.D., Director of Learning, Evaluation, and Impact, Global Fund for Women
Clementina Furtado, Ph.D., Director, Center for Research and Training in Gender and Family (CIGEF), University of Cape Verde
Shiv Datt Sharma, Gender and Sexuality Trainer, Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Ashoka University, India
Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, Wellesley Centers for Women

20160316 095030Rigorous research measurement, disaggregated data, and gender-informed interpretive frameworks are essential to advancing women’s and girls’ equality and empowerment. For research to be effective in moving the needle on social change, we need women- and gender-focused research institutes all around the world. Their ability to work both independently and in collaboration with governments helps to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. A panel of social science researchers and international advocates for women and girls presented "The Power of Data: How Women- and Gender-Focused Research Organizations Can Advance SDG 5” during this parallel event. The speakers engaged in vigorous conversation about how women-and-gender research institutes around the world can and should serve as key partners in advancing development and other social change initiatives. They also shared examples of work from their individual centers which could frame ways NGOs and other actors can access and collect data.

This parallel event was part of the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women.

 

WCW is developing a list of women- and gender-focused research organizations from across the globe to share publicly; Submit organizations to be included>>

 

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Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College

  • Maparyan introduces speakers, frames the importance of women- and gender-focused research organizations in the journey to advance SDG 5, and gives some background on the Wellesley Centers for Women. 
  • 09:31 min.
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Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, Wellesley Centers for Women

  • Williams discusses her work with the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, her collaborative research style, and how research can - and must - lead to social change. 
  • 11:29 min.
  • Presentation Slides

 

Shiv Datt Sharma, Gender and Sexuality Trainer, Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Ashoka University, India

  • Sharma reviews examples of studies done in India to stress the importance of non-governmental research organizations, qualitative data, the need to include multiple perspectives in research, and disaggregated data. 
  • 15:48 min.
  • Presentation Slides

 

Clementina Furtado, Ph.D., Director, Center for Research and Training in Gender and Family (CIGEF), University of Cape Verde

  • Furtado discussed the importance of a cross-gender approach to social policies and offered examples of work being done by CIGEF in Cape Verde that aims to recommend policies for equality and equity. 
  • Furtado presented in Cape Verdean Creole - a Portuguese-based creole. Her presentation was translated into English by Paulo Borges
  • 20:28 min.
  • Presentation Slides in English
  • Presentation Slides in Cape Verdean Creole

 

PeiYao Chen, Ph.D., Director of Learning, Evaluation, and Impact, Global Fund for Women

 

Question and Answer Session

 

 

Listen to the 2014 presentation, "The Power of Data: How Research Advances Social Change for Women and Girls."

 

 
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Conversation with Peggy and Friends & Celebratory Dinner

October 10, 2015
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED!

Over 250 SEED leaders, scholars, activists, and others gathered in Wellesley, Massachusetts, October 10-11, 2015, in celebration of SEED Founder Peggy McIntosh's lifetime of work on social change. Special guests Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez, from the documentary The Color of Fear, were among those who gave remarks attesting to Peggy's influence on themselves personally as well as to scholarly thinking and constructive action on systems of privilege, equitable education, and much more. We appreciate every one of you who joined us physically or in spirit.

 

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The Power of Data: How Research Advances Social Change for Women and Girls

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A parallel event of the fifty-eighth session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women organized by the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 -- Listen to presentations below!

 

Rigorous research, sophisticated statistics, and disaggregated data are essential to advancing women’s and girls’ equality and empowerment. For research to be effective in moving the needle on social change, both micro and macro processes need to be investigated, documented, and tested. This "meta issue" needs to be raised up more vigorously as the post-2015 development framework solidifies. A panel of social science researchers and international advocates for women and girls presented "The Power of Data: How Research Advances Social Change for Women and Girls” during this parallel event. The speakers facilitated vigorous conversation about how women-and-gender research institutes around the world can and should serve as key partners in advancing development and other social change initiatives worldwide. They also shared examples and framed some ways NGOs can access and collect data, independently and more effectively in collaboration.

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Presentations, Fact Sheets, and Audio Files:

LAYLI MAPARYAN, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College


Maparyan introduces speakers, frames the importance of collecting and disaggregating data, and shares news from the U.N. Global Gender Statistics Programme.
19:42 min

 

 

PRIYA NANDA, Ph.D., Group Director – Social & Economic Development Group, International Center for Research on Women

Nanda shares examples of how the International Center for Research on Women works with NGOs and advocates to collect data on girls and women/evaluate programs in India with government, corporate, and NGO partners.
18:33 min

 

 

AKOSUA DARKWAH, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy, and Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Ghana

Darkwah shares examples of how she and colleagues at the University of Ghana work with NGOs and advocates to collect data in Africa.
19:06 min

 

 

HAVEN LEY, MSc, Senior Advisor to the Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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    Ley shares examples of how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works with NGOs, researchers, advocates and policy makers to move the gender agenda forward globally.
    18:03 min

     

     

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    (Materials shared on behalf of the Global Gender Statistics Programme)

    Q&A SESSION -- Maparyan moderates questions from the floor and answers from panelists.
    15:51 min

     

    3rd Annual "Women and ..." Luncheon
    Women and Sports: Get in the Game

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    October 27, 2010
    The New York Athletic Club
    New York, New York

    THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED!

    How does sports participation prepare young women athletes to become leaders in business and society? What causes or thwarts a thriving sports career for professional women athletes? Why do professional women in sports succeed or fail?  Why does any of this matter?

     

     

     

     


    Second Annual NYC Luncheon:
    Young Women and Violence

    November 10, 2009

    The Yale Club of New York City

    Thank you to all who attended!

    Read program attendee and Newsweek online columnist Raina Kelley's piece, "When Boys Shouldn't Be Boys".

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    Pictured left to right: Joyce M. Roché, Linda Fairstein, Linda Wertheimer, Jean Kilbourne, Nan Stein, and Susan McGee Bailey

    The evidence is everywhere we turn—in our newspapers, on television, in video games, on the Internet, in the lyrics of popular songs, in government reports, and in courtrooms. The incidence of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and exploitation of girls and young women is reaching pandemic proportions. Here. In America. Not “someplace else.” Our young people are at risk. Laws, public policy, and education haven’t seemed to stem the tide.

    Panelists offered, from their different perspectives, their knowledge of what’s working – and not – and shared ideas for intervention and prevention to help girls and young women.

    Early Child Care and Education:
    Linking Research, Practice, and Policy


    Wednesday, February 4, 2009

    Seattle University

    Early care and education of young children is one of the most constant needs facing American families and communities. Our panel of leading professionals in the field will share their diverse perspectives on pressing questions related to the access, quality, and public policy of education and care for our young children.

     

     

    Post-Election: What's Next for Women and the Media

     

    November 20, 2008
    University Club, 1 West 54th Street, New York, NY

    Post-Election From coffee shops and dinner tables to Saturday Night Live, the media’s treatment of women has been scrutinized and dissected throughout the election cycle. From Senator Hillary Clinton’s run for the Democratic nomination to John McCain’s selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his VP candidate, women have been in the news. 
    Our media panel - some of America's most listened-to journalists - will consider the ways women have been portrayed.  What has changed for women as a result of the coverage of women's political participation, and what has stayed the same?  Can media be a positive tool for women in politics?  How can we inspire measured coverage of women in politics in general? watch video

    Work-Life Balance: Personal Stories from Women Leaders


    January 31, 2008
    BNY Mellon Wealth Management

    One Boston Place
    201 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02108

    Panelists:

    Nancy Hawthorne, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer (Interim), Avid Technology
    Lydia A. Shrier, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant in Medicine, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
    Laura Hodges Taylor, J.D., Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

    Moderator: Maureen Walker, Ph.D.

    Afterschool Programs: Building on Success


    October 23, 2007
    Broad Institute Auditorium in Cambridge, MA

    Panelists:
    Jarrett T. Barrios, President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation;
    Chris Gabrieli, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Massachusetts 2020;
    Georgia Hall, Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School-Time, Wellesley Centers for Women;
    Susan Richards, Out-of-School-Time Coordinator, The Agenda for Children, City of Cambridge

    Moderator: Susan McGee Bailey, Executive Director, Wellesley Centers for Women

     
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