The 2021 NipCA fellow Yulduzkhon Suvanova made a presentation of her research in progress on women’s empowerment in Uzbekistan.

The concept of empowerment in the context of gender and poverty is touched upon by a variety of actors – the government through its policies, international organizations, and academia – that operate with more or less the same concepts, however, the messages conveyed, and policies implied are different. The discrepancies in the discourses created by each of the actors lead to ambiguity of solutions and policies at the national and international levels. The research work aims to analyze these discourses to explore the differences and convergences in the use of the term ‘women’s empowerment, and how the usage of the term by different actors shapes relevant policies and practices.