New Methods and Known Frameworks: Building the Case for Intersectionality in Women Workforce Development Programs (Pakistan)

Session Number: 1106
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: gender analysis, Social inclusion analysis
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Meri Ghorkhmazyan [Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning - World Learning ]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (02:45 PM - 03:30 PM)
Room: Hilton Marquette VIII

Other Authors: Sandra Medina, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Specialist, World Learning
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This session presents the struggles that many skilled women in Pakistan face in obtaining, maintaining meaningful employment, driven by social, cultural, economic barriers. This ethnographic study applied the analytical framework on gender and social inclusion developed by World Learning as part of its approach to Gender and Social Inclusion, further outlined in the Transforming Agency, Access, and Power (TAAP) Toolkit and Guide for Inclusive Development, emphasizing the universality, intersectionality and the importance of transformation in the gender and social inclusion debates. It draws upon the wider context-specific trends of gender and class-based disenfranchisement in Pakistan, presents the ways these barriers were addressed through World Learning’s vocational training program in Pakistan. Within such socioeconomic confinements, by demonstrating the lived experiences of our program participants we show the transformative value of gender-focused initiatives, which provide learning opportunities to allow young women to begin reshaping their lives and conceptualize and build new futures.