Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices held the first consultation in a new series on challenges in program measurement and evaluation on March 13, 2012, in New Delhi. The consultation — titled Gender, Sexuality and Development: Whose Reality Counts? — brought together more than 50 researchers, NGO activists, community members, and donors to discuss challenges in measuring and evaluating women’s empowerment and sexuality programming. IDRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported the event.
Presenters shared social audit tools they have designed to collect and analyze information on gender and sexuality. Among the topics discussed were the political nature of evaluation, women’s agency and pleasure as an expression of empowerment, and stigma and discrimination based on sexual identities. Participants also explored issues of gender and sexuality as they relate to other social characteristics such as caste, youth, and religion, and urban versus rural settings.
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Photo: Nilima M. Purti (Praxis)