IDRC “unpacks women’s empowerment” at McGill University Conference

March 14, 2018
Women in Indonesia walking with plastic buckets

Women in Indonesia walking with plastic buckets

A wealth of findings on women’s economic opportunities from the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program will inform discussions at the annual conference of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID).


Unpacking Women’s Empowerment: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice in International Development, the theme of this year’s conference (March 15–16, 2018), will encourage participants to discuss the challenges associated with increasing women’s autonomy, voice, and well-being in the household, at work, in civil society, and in national politics. Scholars, development practitioners, and policymakers will exchange experiences to identify how to build and assess the impact of policies aimed at empowering women.  

Keynote speaker, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will share Canada’s vision for gender equality in aid programming and efforts towards women’s empowerment, such as the GrOW program.

ISID and GrOW have partnered to disseminate the rich evidence emerging from the program through the GrOW Research Series website. The platform showcases research results emerging from GrOW that cover areas such as subsidized childcare, incentives for families to delay marriage for girls, and the barriers to women’s access to paid work and education, such as safety and mobility.

ISID has also tackled how to measure women’s economic empowerment by reviewing the various approaches used in GrOW research projects. This policy brief summarizes insights from this review, which will no doubt lead to interesting discussion at the conference.  

This year’s ISID conference is supported by the GrOW program, among other sponsors. The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program is a multi-funder partnership between IDRC, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Launched in 2013, GrOW generates evidence for policies and interventions that improve the lives of poor women and promote economic growth.

Interested in participating?

Watch the conference live via the webcast on ISID’s Youtube channel or Facebook Live.