The McLarty Global Fellowship commits to contributing to the body of research in both the first and second pillars: 1) Promoting womens economic participation; and 2) Addressing violence against girls and women. The McLarty Global Fellowship will support two graduate students from the Clinton School at the University of Arkansas to spend a semester (5 months) in Washington, DC advancing the work of Vital Voices. One fellow will be assigned to the economic empowerment team at Vital Voices and the second fellow will work directly with the human rights team. This commitment builds on a successful partnership with the McLarty Global Fellows, while engaging young leaders and broadening their scope of work at the Vital Voices to ensure that it is aligned with the core objectives of this collaboration and delivers a product that can contribute to a larger body of work.
Each fellow will be tasked with a research project, which will advance the work of Vital Voices and contribute to a larger body of research that examines what interventions have been most successful, what their impact has been, and how these can be scaled to additional communities. The economic empowerment fellow will publish one report or impact assessment on womens economic participation, including data collected and lessons learned by Vital Voices signature one year business accelerator program: VV Grow. The human rights fellow will publish one report or impact assessment on issues related to all forms of gender-based violence and/or human trafficking, including its impact on society, culture, and the economy. The human rights report will incorporate lessons learned and findings from the Vital Voices Global Freedom Exchange program that provides leadership and training to leaders around the world working to combat child sex trafficking.
The research and findings of the McLarty Fellows will advance the work and impact of Vital Voices, while supporting the larger community of stakeholders working to advance opportunities for women and girls.
September 2016 January 2017: The fellows will support the Vital Voices programmatic teams over the course of the fall sememester and deliver work product throughout their time there. Specific report deliverables will be agreed to in collaboration with programmatic colleagues as soon as the fellows arrive and begin their time at Vital Voices.
September 2016: The two fellows arrive in DC and begin their semester of work
September November 2016: The fellows conduct research and analysis throughout the Fall semester.
December 2016 January 2017: Review of the fellows work by Vital Voices, providing feedback to the Fellows and finalizing the case studies, research and/or other reports that the Fellows may be asked to produce.
With the recent adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have marked the beginning of a new era of international development. Gender is a central feature of the SDGs Outcome Document; it is highlighted as a standalone outcome and goal (SDG 5), and is integrated throughout the agreement. Never before has addressing gender inequality been so integral to a global development commitment.
In order to advance gender equality targets, McLarty Global Fellows is joining a holistic coalition of multi-sectoral partners convened by No Ceilings, Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, focusing on three core issue areas of work: 1) Promoting Womens Economic Participation; 2) Addressing Violence Against Girls and Women; and, 3) Advancing Womens Leadership in both Private and Public sectors.
The McLarty Global Fellowship will be strengthening the body of research and measurement & evaluation systems of global programs advancing womens economic participation and addressing violence against girls and women. Research from No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, Georgetown Universitys Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, the World Bank, USAID, UNFPA, University of Oxford, among others have stated that in both areas of work, more data in needed to better understand the challenges women are facing and the potential solutions that achieve sustainable impact. For example, Linda Scott, Emeritus DP World Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oxford and Founder of the Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy, in a recent report published in 2016 has noted that the movement to empower women economically using a market-based approach that works across public and private sectors is less than 10 years old
Currently there is not right answer for measuring womens economic empowerment which, again, reflects just how radically innovative this work truly is. Other examples can be found throughout No Ceilings' groundbreaking report, in which among other data sets they uncovered that in the areas of security, economic opportunity, and leadership, the pace of change [for women and girls] has been far too slow. The McLarty Global Fellowship is uniquely qualified to support research efforts to analyze signature programs of Vital Voices to explore the impact of these programs, and contribute to a larger body of research around how we achieve sustainable impact in the two issue areas of economic participation and addressing violence against girls and women. The McLarty Global Fellowship leverages the expertise and academic rigor of graduate students of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas.