|From new Sirleaf Market Women's Fund video (©SMWF)|
|Female marketer in Liberia (from smwf.org)|
Professor Deborah Belle of Boston University (BU) has released findings on the impact of receiving a National Science Foundation ADVANCE program grant, for which she is Principal Investigator, that helps universities develop systematic approaches to increasing representation and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering careers. “For participants in the BU Women in Networks Mary Erskine grant program, the jump to a promising new research venture was facilitated. The awards helped women build key networks, removed research barriers and ultimately promoted a diverse science and engineering faculty at BU.” An important goal of the $750,000 National Science Foundation three-year grant to BU was to strengthen women’s professional networks in science and engineering.
In a case study in the West Bengal State of India, Krishno Dey, Chandana Dey, and Brenda Gael McSweeney examine how a grassroots development initiative in several Indian villages identified the economic benefits of local female leadership and involvement in bolstering the barter and subsistence economy. Throughout the progress of the Srihaswani village-level programme, Creative Manual Skills for self-reliant Development (CMSSRD), the village women and girls in particular found the support to build up their self-confidence and collective voice, the willingness to question and elevate their status within the family, community and larger society.
|Woman Leader in the 70s (©Brenda)|
The UNITWIN/UNESCO Gender Studies eBook will also include case studies from:
Gloria Bonder, UNESCO Regional Chair of Women, Science, and Technology in Latin America based in Argentina, will report on findings from four national research projects that were implemented in Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador/Honduras, and Paraguay. As part of the FLACSO Argentina project, “Decentralization and Women’s Human Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean”, research teams examined the relationship between women’s rights and government policy creation and/or implementation in an effort to identify the circumstances that allow for progress in women’s rights issues, greater interaction between the state and the civil society, and the active participation of women in governmental and institutional change.
“Discourses emerging from the experiences of women -- mothers, victims of violence”, discusses the major thematic elements that have emerged from a series of seventeen interviews that were conducted with mothers from Cyprus who have been victims of violence. It challenges the conventional frames through which women victims are viewed -- as either celebrated and courageous heroines, if they were able to escape their abusive relationship, or as blameworthy victims if they tolerate the violence -- by revealing how the women’s own identities as victims of violence are shaped by those attitudes.
From the UNESCO Chair on Women's Rights in Morocco, Fouzia Rhissassi’s “The violation of peace within the institution of marriage in Morocco” examines how Moroccan women writers break taboos and reappraise traditional spaces and boundaries -- raising their voices to tell their tales and plead their own cases, as well as to explore different areas of women’s experiences.
From Spain, Virginia Maquieira D’Angelo contributes “Socialization for Equality: Women’s Organizations in Madrid in the Democratic Post-Transition”. Her case study was carried out through fieldwork and interviews. She explores the evolution of women’s groups in Madrid from the 1980s associations of working class homemakers that lacked a feminist agenda, into vehicles of political and legislative change for Spanish women’s rights. She identifies these associations as “spaces of new socialization for equality”, because they brought progress for women through collective participation and empowerment. (Available in English and in Spanish)