Niveditha Menon and Shreekanth Mahendiran presented at the International Conference titled ‘Imagining Women’s Empowerment in South Asia: Pathways and Policies to Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls’ held in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The multi-funder Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program, in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) in Colombo and the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. co-hosted an international conference that facilitated discussions on how to connect research and policy and improve women’s economic empowerment through actionable policy pathways.

Niveditha Menon and Shreekanth Mahendiran attended and presented in this international conference, titled ‘Imagining Women’s Empowerment in South Asia: Pathways and Policies to Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls’ held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 9 and 10, 2017. They presented research specifically focused on (1)  the importance of  social norms in understanding women’s empowerment, and (2) the impact of gender violence in examining empowerment of women. The conference featured a select group of South Asia’s foremost policy makers, practitioners and thought leaders, including women parliamentarians, bureaucrats, non-profit managers, researchers and donors.