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 on March 15, 2018, in New York, NY. During this parallel event, the panel of researchers, advocates, and program staff shared their expertise and discussed with attendees ways that research supports policy change, better programs, and/or improved conditions for women and/or girls in rural African communities.

In the above video, you can watch presentations from each of the presenters at the following times:

  • 00:00:00 - Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann ’67 Executive Director, Wellesley Centers for Women, and Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
    • Maparyan introduces speakers, frames the importance of women- and gender-focused research organizations in the journey to advance the lives of women and girls in rural Africa, and gives some background on the Wellesley Centers for Women.
  • 00:06:10 - Dorcas Coker-Appiah, Executive Director, The Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre, Ghana
    • Coker-Appiah shares examples of how research-informed work and partnerships in Ghana advance the status of and benefit rural girls and women.
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  • 00:21:03 - Clementina Furtado, Ph.D., Director, Center for Research and Training in Gender and Family (CIGEF), University of Cabo Verde
    • Furtado shares examples of how research-informed work and partnerships in Cabo Verde benefit rural girls and women, including those with disabilities.
    • Furtado presents in Portuguese, with translation to English by Paulo Borges, Director do Instituto de Língua Inglesa, ESL Professor at University of Cabo Verde.
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  • 00:35:50 - Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College
    • Gladstone shares examples of how research-informed depression intervention work and partnerships in Ethiopia benefit rural girls and women recovering from fistula repair surgery.
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  • 00:50:00 - Abigail Burgesson, Special Programmes Manager, African Women’s Development Fund
    • Burgesson emphasizes the benefits of research-informed work and how funding partners are critical to ensure that on-the-ground organizations can utilize quality, efficacy-based programs, policies, and practices; Burgesson shares examples of how AWDF partners with organizations across Africa to benefit rural girls and women.
  • 01:03:00 - Question and Answer Session

Past presentations in this series include: