From the bottom up: lessons about gender mainstreaming in the Andes from Digni's Women Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE) programme

Zachariassen, Heidi Holt

Sweetman, Caroline
Gender & Development Volume 20 Issue 3

Publication date
07 Nov 2012


Oxfam GB

Journal article

This article shares some insights from six projects that took part in Women Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE), a competence-building programme to support gender mainstreaming. WEGE was run by Digni from 2007 to 2010. The projects were run by churches and faith-based organisations in Madagascar, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Ecuador. WEGE's goal was to promote women's empowerment and gender equality through the work of Digni, Digni's members, and their partners. The article suggests that by integrating gender equality and women's empowerment into projects which had other pre-existing aims, it is easier to raise gender issues later at the institutional level in organisations, and eventually make it a key issue in its own right: a ‘bottom-up’ approach, so to speak.


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