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Women?s empowerment and the will to change: Evidence from Nepal

Buisson, Marie-Charlotte and Clement, Floriane and Leder, Stephanie (2022). Women?s empowerment and the will to change: Evidence from Nepal. Journal of Rural Studies. 94 , 128-139
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Abstract

A static and apolitical framing of women's empowerment has dominated the development sector. In contrast, we assess the pertinence of considering a new variable, the will to change, to reintroduce dynamic and political processes into the way empowerment is framed and measured. This article uses a household survey based on the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and qualitative data collected in Nepal to analyze how critical consciousness influences women's will to change the status quo and the role of visible agency, social structures, and individual determinants in those processes. A circular process emerges: women with higher visible agency and higher critical consciousness are more willing to gain agency in some, but not all, of the WEAI empowerment domains. This analysis advances current conceptualizations of empowerment processes: the will to change offers valuable insights into the dynamic, relational and political nature of women's empowerment. These findings support the design of development programs aiming at increasing visible agency and raising gender critical consciousness and argue for improving the internal validity of women's empowerment measurement tools.

Authors/Creators:Buisson, Marie-Charlotte and Clement, Floriane and Leder, Stephanie
Title:Women?s empowerment and the will to change: Evidence from Nepal
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Rural Studies
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:94
Page range:128-139
Number of Pages:12
Publisher:PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
ISSN:0743-0167
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Keywords:Women?s empowerment, WEAI, Development, Gender, Critical consciousness, Nepal, Agriculture
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118431
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118431
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.06.005
Web of Science (WoS)000822886000001
ID Code:28499
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:22 Aug 2022 06:25
Metadata Last Modified:22 Aug 2022 06:31

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