Women's Empowerment Indicators in Northern Burundi

Published: January 2000

This document presents women's empowerment indicators in northern Burundi. CARE's first attempt to determine empowerment indicators was completed at the same time as the Umwizero (A Positive Future for Women in Burundi) program baseline study. The indicators did not reflect the local context - they were generic indicators that might reflect some global socio-cultural context. The meaning of "empowerment" can change depending on context and the standard empowerment indicators that CARE uses are not always applicable to every community. Thus CARE Burundi began a study of men and women's perceptions and definitions of empowerment within the local context of the Umwizero program, which would serve to define behavior that is likely to reflect the situation or state of mind of the empowered woman and to establish behavioral change indicators and baseline data for the Umwizero program.

Key Findings

  • One of the five largest challenges for women's empowerment in Northern Burundi is sensitizing men in good management and control of household goods. This comes back to the importance of integrating men into the program.
  • One of the five largest challenges for women's empowerment in Northern Burundi is sensitizing stakeholders in how to treat human rights violations so that they can justly resolve these complaints.
  • One of the five largest challenges for women's empowerment in Northern Burundi is the need for a study on the cultural barriers to discover why women are attached to traditions and customs that oppress them.
  • One of the five largest challenges for women's empowerment in Northern Burundi is the need for a study on how to lighten women's workload so they can participate, with ease, in solidarity groups.
  • One of the five largest challenges for women's empowerment in Northern Burundi is adequately addressing personal hygiene as a critical factor in driving change towards empowerment.

Populations Men, Women

Complementary Outcomes Education And Literacy, Gender-based Violence, Sexual And Reproductive Health, Women's Leadership, Women's Rights

Publishers CARE

Geographic Focus Africa (Eastern)-Burundi

Funded by Norwegian Government