This handbook is based on the experiences of the Huairou Commission the Women's Land Link Africa in using community mapping with groups of women. Community mapping allows grassroots women to assess and record the community's needs and assets and to imagine new solutions to the issues they are facing. The handbook provides through and practical guidelines for various community mapping methods.
Taking the step from appraisal to action using planning techniques that respond to the needs expressed by women and men.
This is a module for project planning from a gender perspective. It outlines experiences learned by various projects in Central America and provides practical guidleines for how to manage gender equity in the plannig process of a project.
You can download this module from the International Union for Conservation of Nature's website (IUCN).
The Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) is a community-based organisation established in 1997 in Tanzania. It was founded to promote the development of Maasai pastoralist women and children by facilitating their access to education, health, social services and economic empowerment. It seeks to address women’s marginalisation in patriarchal Maasai culture, as well as the poverty among the Maasai that has long been underpinned by land access restrictions for pastoralists, hunters and gatherers.
This guide specifically seeks to promote women's reproductive rights in India but presents methods and specific participatory tools that can be adapted to other issues and contexts, like women's land rights.
[From the FAO website] This training initiative provides a space to young women and girls to question and challange existing inequitable gender norms; promote positive constructs of gender and identity; improve their understanding about their body; their feelings and sexuality; and promote sexual and reproductive health.
This document calls attention to the importance of women's empowerment in all aspects of public and private life. There is a specific section in the paper on women's access to land and other resources that emphasises the need to understand the power dynamic and the effects of policies on the allocation of and the the control over resources. In conclusion, the paper stresses the need to involve all members of society, including men, and political leaders, in the struggle for women's empowerment and equality.
This paper reviews the literature on women's empowerment and suggests supporting empowerment both as an end in itself and a way to educational, economical and health development. It begins with a discussion of the various conceptual frameworks of women's empowerment, and then examines the ways in which women's empowerment projects have been implemented and measured, ending by stressing the positive development outcomes of women's empowerment.