Past Event

How can we improve the life choices for women in rural Africa? Side event at the 62nd Commission for the Status of Women

20 March 2018 10:30–0:00

Downstairs, Salvation Army

Women and girls are often expected to fulfil roles that limit their ability to make strategic and empowering life choices, this is particularly true in rural settings. Whether this is because of traditional and cultural expectations, economic status or lack of access to healthcare and education – there are many opportunities to increase women’s life choices.

How can we improve life choices for women in rural Africa?

Chaired by Thokozile Ruzvidzo, Director, Social Development Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the panel of researchers and NGOs will propose policies ideas based on research and evidence on the shame of poverty, social mobility, economic empowerment and educational aspiration.

The panel includes: 

The session will be based on research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) and is sponsored by The Impact Initiative for International Development Research and The Institute Of Development Studies. It is organised as part of the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women CSW62 (2018) and focuses on ‘Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Join the conversation on 20th March at 10.30 or on twitter to propose #policies4 improving women’s life choices.

Key contacts

Vivienne Benson

Communications and Impact Manager

+44 (0)1273 915653


Related content


Business Owners’ Perspectives on Running Khaja Ghars, Massage Parlours, Dance Bars, Hostess Bars, and Dohoris in Kathmandu, Nepal

CLARISSA Research and Evidence Paper 6

8 February 2024


Fiscal Measures to Support Post-Pandemic Resilience

Research for Policy and Practice Report

Jayant Menon & 5 others

7 February 2024