About Our Project

The Gender Asset Gap project was created in 2009 to demonstrate the importance and feasibility of collecting individual-level data on women’s and men’s access to and ownership of property. The fielded surveys were representative at the national level for Ecuador and Ghana and at the level of the state of Karnataka, India. These data sets have been used to calculate measures of the gender asset and wealth gaps for these three countries.

Gender, Asset Accumulation and Women’s Empowerment

Posted on: Sep 5th, 2014

Carmen Diana Deere, an invited professor at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO Ecuador) this spring, presented a public lecture series, entitled Gender, Asset Accumulation and Women’s Empowerment, at FLACSO during April and May 2014. The series was co-sponsored by the Ecuadorian government’s women’s office (recently renamed the Council for Gender Equality) and UN Women’s Andean office. Each of the five lectures was attended by over 100 people.

Workshop on Collecting and Analyzing Sex Disaggregated Asset Data

Posted on: Jan 28th, 2014

Are you involved with: Research on women and land or assets? Designing or analyzing household surveys? An advocacy organization working on women’s property rights?

The Gender Asset Gap Project invites you to participate in a Workshop on Collecting and Analyzing Sex Disaggregated Asset Data at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, June 26, 2014.

Topics include: Calculating the gender asset gap, which assets to include, how to collect asset value data, minimum questions required, and who to interview. 

Gender Asset Project at NSF Gender Summit 3

Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2013

Carmen Diana Deere was an invited panelist at the NSF’s Gender Summit 3-North America held in Washington DC, November 13-15, 2013. She presented the results of the project’s new research brief on women landowners’ participation in agricultural decision-making on a panel on Food Security (the presentation can be found on the Key Findings page). The theme of the conference was “Diversity Fueling Excellence in Research and Innovation” and was co-sponsored by the National Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Mexica

Carmen Diana Deere Featured Panelist at UN Conference

Posted on: Oct 21st, 2013

Carmen Diana Deere was a featured panelist at the 12th UN Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on October 15-18, 2013. Her presentation, entitled “Género y la acumulación de activos en el Ecuador: Relación con el poder de negociación de la mujer”, focused on the results of the Ecuador study on the relationship between women’s share of couple wealth and household decision-making, as well as with respect to intimate partner violence.


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