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Where is the Power? Measuring Women's and Girls' EmPOWERment.


In the beginning of November (2018), JGG held the roundtable discussion event: Where is the power? Measuring women's and girls' empowerment. We were joined by guest speaker Margaret Capelazo. Ms Capelazo has over 15 years of experience in measuring change in gender dynamics, women’s and girls’ empowerment and their abilities to claim their rights in over 25 countries. She has assisted governments and organizations to strengthen the gender equality components of their MEL systems in both development and humanitarian contexts. During the event, Ms Capelazo gave a presentation and led a discussion, where the group discussed questions like: Who defines the empowerment that we measure? How can women and girls themselves get more involved? How do we move from anecdotal measures to richer, deeper and more triangulated measures? Is there a difference between gender equality and feminist approaches when measuring changes in gender equality, women’s rights, and empowerment?