‘Women and power: Overcoming barriers to leadership and influence’ is a case study developed as a result of the project ‘Women’s Voice and Leadership in Decision-Making project’. This project run over a period of two years, from 2014 to 2016, with funding by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and dealt with questions such as:
- What enables women’s substantive voice and influence in decision-making processes?
- Does women’s presence and influence in decision-making improve outcomes for other women and advance gender equality?
- How can international actors better support women’s leadership and decision-making?
As a result, the research examined the connection between women’s political, social and economic power and resources, both from an individual and from a collective point of view. Some points that the project covered are:
- A global review of the evidence on women’s voice and leadership, with thematic chapters on women’s political participation, social activism and economic empowerment;
- A rapid review on women and girls’ leadership programmes;
- A rapid review on women and girls’ use of digital information and communication technologies;
- Five empirical case studies on women’s leadership and decision-making power, in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gaza, Kenya and Malawi;
- A synthesis report and policy briefings.