Impact and Innovations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenge on Women and Girls



The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a two-part webinar series that brought together findings from a set of projects working to empower women and girls and advance gender equality. The sessions shared innovative strategies, impact, and insights from programming on economic empowerment as well as sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

This is Part 1 in the series – Innovative gender transformative approaches for addressing gender equality across the agriculture, economic empowerment, and water & sanitation sectors.

This virtual panel delved into how and why gender norms can limit program outcomes, and highlight efforts to address gender norms in order to expand economic opportunities for women. Implementers of three projects in Burundi (CARE), Uganda (CARE) and Cambodia (Helen Keller International) shared insights from innovative strategies to challenge inequitable gender norms, and highlight the cost and measurement challenges of each approach. Panelists also weighed the comparative benefits of these approach over other gender-sensitive interventions. This panel was moderated by Vicki Wilde, Senior Program Officer for Agricultural Development (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and featured introductory comments by Rodger Voorhies, President, Global Growth & Opportunity (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

Part 2 can be found here:

These webinars are part of the Women and Girls at the Center of Development (WGCD) Grand Challenge, launched in 2015 by the Gates Foundation. Originally funding 22 investments in 13 countries, the WGCD grew into a partnership of 38 foundation investments working to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

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