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Sept. 12, 2018, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LO-DATA-1

" And while most involve both men and women, a growing number of all-women co-ops have been established as a way for low-income and immigrant females to earn a living" (par. 3). "CHCA, Cooperative Home Care Associates, the nation’s largest co-op with 2,100 mostly women members. Founded in 1985, the co-op employs 100 administrators who manage scheduling, billing, training and supervision" (par. 21).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Her fortunes changed when the 34 women living on her street in North Okkalapa township started a collective savings group in 2009, hoping it would break the cycle of debt afflicting their lives...Each member invests 3,200 kyat ($2.34) per week in the group savings account - a padlocked box fiercely guarded by the group leader Aye Aye Khing. After investing for three months, members are illegible for a low-interest loan. The group's current liquidity stands at 3,321,000 kyat ($2,430). The women take it in turns to borrow 1,000,000 kyat ($732), which is usually invested into a business. They pay 2.5 percent monthly interest which is shared among the group at...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In 2013, the 'Integrated model for strengthening women’s business activity and entrepreneurship in Costa Rica as a public policy mechanism' was formulated...This is a Costa Rican Government initiative that promotes the economic independence of women in marginal rural-urban areas who are in a situation of economic vulnerability and have business potential. The financial resources to fund this project come from the European Union and from the State of Costa Rica through INAMU MEIC and MAG, which signed an inter-agency cooperation agreement and maintain close articulation and coordination. Thus far, 375 women have benefited" (24). Although not a civil society group, these steps by the government to improve womens' participation in...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Joining Plan International Egypt’s 'Rural Youth Economic Empowerment' project marked the beginning of Yassmin and Safia’s journey towards social and economic empowerment" (para 2). Although the NGO's title indicates a focus on youth, there is a lot of encouragement especially for young women to join the program (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Solomon Islands National Council of Women and other NGOs attempted to make women more aware of their legal rights, including voting rights, through seminars, workshops, and other activities" (11).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"With regard to financial support and access to credit in rural areas, during the 2007–2013 period, the microfinance programme of the territorial policy area of the Planning and Budget Office (OPP) allocated $3,449,836 to working with local institutions for the development of production enterprises headed by women. The various projects focusing exclusively on support for women entrepreneurs, which are funded out of the Microfinance programme, collectively benefited 342 women (Table 47)" (page 33).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Committee notes the efforts of the State party to reduce rural poverty by carrying out development and microcredit projects and improving the delivery of basic social services to remote communities" (page 13).
May 30, 2018, 7:55 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"As women are known for good saving practices, the LFSP has enhanced and built on such initiatives through the Internal Savings and Lending (ISALs) through training and capacity development and introduction of income-generating activities. Women in the Midlands Province have transformed their lives through the Extension and Training for Rural Agriculture (EXTRA) project, a three-year project under LFSP. Vavariro ISALs in the Midlands Province is one such group whose members’ lives have been transformed. 'We started by contributing small amounts of money – as little as three dollars per person,' said Virginia Gomana, a Vavariro group member. Now we have ventured into big projects that we never thought we could...more
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"We [the Australian government] introduced a small business and jobs package, supporting women in small business, encouraging more women entrepreneurs and helping women who are not in employment to become job ready" (Pg 2).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The following special measures are in progress: 1) Establishment of the Unit of Support for Women’s Entrepreneurship, with a CFAF 5 billion line of credit from the Burkina Faso Fund for Social and Economic Development of (FBDES), to provide women entrepreneurs with access to credit at acceptable terms; 2) In 2014, establishment in the Burkina Faso Financing and Interbank Guarantee Company (SOFIGIB) of a CFAF 500 million fund earmarked for guaranteeing loans to women entrepreneurs" (15).
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Committee welcomes the capacity-building activities such as microcredit programmes and the construction of centres supporting the economic empowerment of women" (12). "The Committee is concerned, however, about...The limited access of programmes for the empowerment of women, such as programmes for the reconciliation of family and work responsibilities for women, and the difficulties in fully implementing a microcredit network that covers all parts of the country" (12).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Baraka Loan Centre…was initiated by the King Abdul Aziz Philanthropic Society for Women (Awn). The society seeks to boost cottage industries by promoting the role of producing women. There is also the Business Incubator Foundation, which helps female entrepreneurs overcome traditional obstacles and provides legal assistance to women, in addition to the Ahsa Philanthropic Society for the Development of Girls, which has initiated programmes to combat poverty by strengthening handicraft activites" (25-26).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Government policy is directed towards creating an appropriate business environment, developing an appropriate regulatory framework. The priority of MEc is to stimulate female entrepreneurship, women’s promotion in decision-making positions in business, development of business relationships between women entrepreneurs, expansion of new horizons of cooperation. During the reporting period multiple actions in the relevant field period were taken: competition of the beneficiaries of grants for young women, especially for young female graduates of educational institutions (cooperation between MEc and the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova); training of women entrepreneurs, providing grants to start up individual business" (Pg 39). "In this respect, the UNWomen Programme “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Increasing...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In 2009 the Government commissioned Almi to be responsible for the Styrelsekraft (Board Power) programme whose purpose is to increase expertise about board work and the percentage of women in management positions and on boards, both in state-owned companies and government agencies and in private companies. The mentees are primarily to be women who own a company and want their company to grow. The mentors are expected to have broad experience of board work. Most comments from mentors have been positive. The programme is part of a major initiative to promote women’s enterprise. For more information, see under Article 11. Golden Rules of Leadership is a commission from the Government...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DLB-DATA-1, LO-DATA-1, ATFPA-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Time reallocations resulting from Nepal’s joining the Vegetable and Fruit Cash Crop Programme (VFC) were investigated in 1991–1993. The VFC aimed to encourage commercialization of fruits and vegetables by quality and productivity improvements, for the benefit of families who had hitherto produced fruits and vegetable for their own consumption. Using various methodologies to observe 264 households, researchers found that VFC participation increased the time dedicated by women (and even moderately by men) to children under 5 years of age in families with more than one preschooler. In contrast, in households with only one preschooler, parents tended to spend more time on cultivation, especially for the cash crops, at the expense...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, India
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"More recently, 16 researchers from the World Bank and IFPRI identified large gender inequalities in access to extension services in surveys made in Ghana, Ethiopia, and the Indian state of Karnataka (World Bank and IFPRI 2010)"(29)
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood Programme for the Pacific (FSSLP), the successor to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Programme for Food Security in the Pacific, was launched in 2010 for the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. It is supported by technical cooperation from FAO and is conducted in cooperation with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and relevant members of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP). The FSSLP aims to:...strengthen the links of remote vulnerable households and women to sustainable agricultural inputs, services, and...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"An oft-cited example is the work by the international NGO Helen Keller International, launched initially in Bangladesh in the 1980s, and expanded later to Cambodia, Nepal, and the Philippines (Ianotti, Cunningham, and Ruel 2009; Meinzen-Dick et al. 2011b). Working together with local partners, Helen Keller International supports women’s production of nutritious food on family plots, with significant reductions in micronutrient deficiencies (vitamin A, iron, and zinc) in the households concerned. In addition to increasing dietary diversity, such strategies may allow women to build economic assets (with the raising of poultry, for example), and improve their role in decision making within the family while fulfilling their domestic and child-care responsibilities. Women’s...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Some evidence suggests that unless greater attention is paid to gender relationships in the allocation and reimbursement of loans, even microcredit schemes targeting women may end up favoring men. In Bangladesh in the 1980s, after access to microfinance was increased to benefit rural women, it appeared that in many cases the loans were in fact used by male relatives, even while the female borrowers were liable for repayment. In the early 1990s, 10 years after existing microfinance programs had shifted their focus to benefit women, a qualitative study was conducted of 275 loans across four organizations: BRAC’s rural development program (106 loans to women; 22 to men), Grameen Bank (53...more
Dec. 1, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"An anti-witchcraft coalition has also been formed to facilitate a possible disbandment of witch camps, as well as to ensure the successful reintegration of alleged witches back into their various communities" (para 10).
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program] program (i) ensures that bank accounts are opened in women’s names"(54)
Nov. 29, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Where women are not adequately supported in the use of loans granted for micro-enterprise development, or are not trained in management, the loans are of limited effect in the long term. This was one of the lessons drawn from the Sri Lanka Poverty Alleviation Project supported by the World Bank in 1991–1998. The project included the microcredit component in which a higher percentage of females (57%) than males benefited by allowing them to bypass money-lenders charging exorbitant rates. However, only about one-third of the beneficiaries successfully established and operated microenterprises over a period of 3 years. The World Bank evaluation report attributed low performance to insufficient preparation of the beneficiaries...more
Nov. 29, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In Karnataka, 27% of male-headed rural households reported having received visits of an agricultural advisor during the previous year. Only 20% of female-headed households reported such visits. The gap was smaller, however, for livestock-related extension services (advice to 78% of male-headed households versus 71% to female-headed households). Researchers attributed the difference to the importance of dairy cooperatives in the Indian context, as cooperatives tend to be more gender-neutral"(29)."World Bank and IFPRI (2010) notes that in Karnataka, none of the 41 agriculture extension workers were female, only 1 of 41 junior engineers was female, and only 4 of 40 veterinary assistants were female. This matters because, in some contexts, religious, social,...more
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In Bangladesh, where microcredit programs are particularly strong, the change in the percentage of women receiving loans was minimal despite the emergence of programs specifically geared toward them (FAO 2010, p. 34)"(19)."The Crop Diversification project achieved the following results: 150,000 women farmers were provided extension services, new technologies, skills training, and microcredit; 40% of demonstration plots were allocated to women; 25,000 women farmers were trained on value addition options, market opportunities, and pricing; 6,300 women Small Farmer Groups were formed; 10,000 women were trained in post-harvest techniques, marketing, and bargaining and negotiation skills; women farmers were supported for supply contracts with large farmers, traders, seed merchants, and processors; roads were...more
Nov. 27, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LO-DATA-1, LO-DATA-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-2, NGOFW-DATA-3

"USAID tried to tackle this question with the Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2014. The initiative established a Women’s Land Rights Task Force comprised of prominent Afghan men and women as well as civil society to advise project leaders on land rights affecting Afghan women. The project proposed strategies for bolstering women's land rights, but it is unclear how much women's access to their land has changed since" (para 6).
Oct. 4, 2017, 12:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"USAID tried to tackle this question with the Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2014. The initiative established a Women’s Land Rights Task Force comprised of prominent Afghan men and women as well as civil society to advise project leaders on land rights affecting Afghan women. The project proposed strategies for bolstering women's land rights, but it is unclear how much women's access to their land has changed since" (para 6).
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Although women’s rights and gender equality are written in the constitutions and laws in China, discrimination against women is still prevalent in rural villages. For example, unlike men, married women are deprived of their entitlements; their land is often withdrawn or occupied by others after marriage...As the leader of the rural women’s grassroots organization, Xiufang helps rural women call for change to traditional village rules and regulations; Zhoushan Village was the first village in the country to successfully enhance the gender sensitivity of village regulations"(para 2-5)
Sept. 26, 2017, 2 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-DATA-2, LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-DATA-1

"As part of Women's Voices Program funded by UN Women- Fund for Gender Equality; the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) cooperated with Radio Sawt El Arab to launch the radio program titled 'She& Her Sisters'. This program aims to support the Egyptian women and discuss the issues that affect the society in general and women in particular such as the political empowerment for women and their participation in the local councils and the parliament, economic empowerment, the importance of the work for women and the extent of their participation in the labor force, women’s rights in Islam, in addition to the importance of acquiring the different soft skills such...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"From recent statistics released by a women-focused loan platform called Ant Financial, we can see that the number of female entrepreneurs who have applied for loans is on the rise. It found that women's approved quota is 7 percent higher than men's from the platform, which reflected the Alibaba Group's care for female founders. Accordingly, the Alibaba Group will continue to push for consistent efforts to help women entrepreneurs through providing resources, financial support and commodities"(para 16-18)
Aug. 30, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In Belgium in 2011, 95.3% of men and 97.18% of women aged 15 years or older hold bank accounts at a formal financial institution"