ENGAGE! Women's Empowerment and Active Citizenship
ENGAGE! is a five-year initiative co-designed by Coady Institute and five partner organizations:
- Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India;
- Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) in Ethiopia;
- Gender Training Institute (GTI) of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP);
- Christian Commission for Development (CCDB) in Bangladesh; and
- Centre Haïtien du Leadership et de l’Excellence (CLE) in Haiti.
The project will work to advance gender equality and poverty reduction by enhancing women’s capacity to participate in the social and economic life of their communities. ENGAGE! will apply an asset-based, citizen-led development (ABCD) approach to promote gender-equitable change. This approach ensures that local communities, and in particular women, exercise ownership and control over social and economic development initiatives that respond to their realities and priorities.The project will work “on the ground” in communities across five countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Tanzania). Project activities will be a combination of:
- support for community-based training of women leaders and related community initiatives that advance gender equality;
- capacity building support for partner organizations and their local, national and regional networks; and
- learning-focused activities (action research, case study documentation, curriculum development, etc.) that build on the community initiatives and share lessons learned through various dissemination and training opportunities, including Antigonish-based training at Coady Institute.
As project lead and convener, Coady Institute will oversee project management and accountability to Global Affairs Canada and co-ordinate cross-partner activities such as governance, baselines, monitoring, and evaluation. The Institute will also provide a range of capacity building support to the implementing partners and their networks. This will include staff training at Coady, as well as opportunities for fellowships and exchanges. The project steering committee will also put in place an ambitious learning agenda on issues and innovations related to women’s community-based leadership, with multiple action research themes, and related documentation and dissemination activities, including regional and global learning forums.
A key component of the Engage program is the priority placed on creating a co-learning environment whereby the partner organizations have ongoing opportunities to share their expertise, learn from each other, and collectively explore new ideas, techniques and tools.
The annual Learning Forum is one of the venues for this collaborative learning process. The 2021 Learning Forum was comprised of six online workshops held over a four-week period through October to early November. Representatives from each partner organization participated in the planning process and took the lead on presenting a topic and facilitating discussions linking to asset-based development, feminism, social enterprise and climate resilience.
A key component of the ENGAGE program is learning. The ENGAGE Newsletter feature updates, key lessons, and changes which partners are seeing. The March 2022 issue features SEWA’s Food Systems Webinar Series, which brought visibility to the informal women farmers and their issues, challenges, and solutions to food systems transformation. It also provides updates and success stories from the other partners: Centre Haitien du Leadership et de l’Excellence (CLE), Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB), Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), and the Organization for Women in Self-Employment (WISE) in Ethiopia.
Our Five Partner Organizations are:
Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB)
Centre Haïtien du Leadership et de l’Excellence (CLE) in Haiti
Gender Training Institute (GTI), with TGNP Mtandao in Tanzania
The GTI-TGNP initiative focusses on empowering women to lead gender equitable change in their communities through use of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB). It will equip women at the local level with the analytical tools and methodology to engage with budgets and identify priorities for their local community, focused on gender related challenges. It will also develop the capacity for civil society engagement in women’s rights and GRB-related advocacy, as well as engage directly with local government, line agencies, and other service providers that hold authority over – or can influence – decision-making on local and national budgets.
Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India
- community-based training of women leaders focused on the “future of work” in the informal sector;
- capacity building of SMS as a Community College, and center for innovation and learning, including regional and international outreach; and
- developing and implementing a research and dissemination agenda on related issues.
Inaugural meeting of a newly formed Women’s group in Shymanagar Upazila.
Through ENGAGE, CCDB will be forming approximately 40 women’s groups that will provide training opportunities, engage with local governments, and strengthen women’s leadership in their communities.
Photo Credit Imran Kibria
The official inauguration of ENGAGE project was held December 15, 2020 at the Organization for Women in Self-employment (WISE).
The project was launched in the presence of its pertinent stakeholders from government offices, civil society organizations and universities. About 30 participants including WISE’s staff have participated in the inauguration workshop. The solidarity of WISE with Global Affairs Canada and Coady International Institute since 2012 was presented in the workshop. The nexus between EMPOWER and ENGAGE project was also presented. Discussion on strengthening partnership among present stakeholders and other potential stakeholders was held. In conclusion, way forward in implementation of the project was discussed.
Group presentation on different methods used during Intensive Movement Building Cycle. (IMBC)
Eric Smith interviews a CCDB participant in the ENGAGE project.
She received training on climate resilient agriculture and explains the impact this has had on her family’s food security and income.
Photo Credit Imran Kibria
SEWA’s Kamla Dry Goods and Snacks kitchen, which provides employment security for women who are in the food processing sector.
Question and Answer discussion during TGNP’s Intensive Movement Building Cycle training.
Meeting with a People’s Managed Savings Cooperative at CCDB.
Tsigie Haile Executive Director, Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE)Asset-Based Community Development (2015) / ENGAGE partner In 1993,...
ENGAGE! Women's Empowerment and Active Citizenship is a five-year initiative co-designed by Coady Institute and five partner organizations in...
ENGAGE! Women’s Empowerment and Active Citizenship is a five-year initiative co-designed by Coady Institute and five partner-organizations in...
|Overall Project:||December 2019 to February 28, 2025|
|Inception Phase:||January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019|
|Implementation Phase:||May 1, 2020 to October 31, 2024|
|Reporting Phase:||November 1, 2024 to December 15, 2024|