Featured Speakers: Karen Hardee, John Snow, Inc. and Elin Torell,
Moderator: Geoffrey Dabelko,
Karen Hardee’s presentation focused on three main reproductive health and gender topics. She discussed the operational mechanisms of gender integration, the outcomes attributable to this integration and a policy initiative she has worked with to promote male participation in these issues. Hardee pointed out that addressing gender norms and inequalities in decision-making power is important when working to transform gender relations. It is also important to note that evaluating and monitoring these transformations is difficult. This is because there are few clear indicators that measure the success of these social changes, as well as the fact that the true impact of an intervention may take many years to “tease out.” Despite these difficulties, Hardee explained that interventions involving men tend to be more successful then those that do not, citing examples in
Elin Torell described three case studies from her work with integrating gender into environmental programs. These case studies included a half pearl farming program, seaweed farming imitative, and collaborative fisheries management planning program. She argued that focusing gender innovations in areas where women already work increases the likelihood of their success.
For more information on this event or to view the video webcast go to: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1413&fuseaction=topics.event_summary&event_id=239769
Date: June 19, 2007
Intern Attending: Meredith Blair