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.
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.