MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

Keywords

Women’s empowerment, Ireland, Ecuador, cultural approaches towards empowerment

Abstract

Research conducted in this study examined women’s empowerment through a comparison of case studies in Northern Ireland and Ecuador. The objective was to explore the approaches and effectiveness these programs have towards empowering women. A review of existing literature assisted the researcher in defining and conceptualizing empowerment, thereby creating a framework in which empowerment could occur. Past research indicated that empowerment groups throughout the world addressed such issues as economic, social, and gender equality. Through a comparative case study analysis of two community-based programs and the review of the literature, the researcher discusses the current progress and challenges of women’s empowerment in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Quito, Ecuador.

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