Ide Gesi T11

Three Dimensions of Power

The three dimensions of power can be used to analyze the mode and modalities in which organizations are supporting women’s empowerment by examining the relationship between the personal, relational, and collective:

  • Personal — where empowerment is about developing a sense of self and individual confidence and capacity, and undoing the effects of internalized oppression.
  • Close relationships — where empowerment is about developing the ability to negotiate and influence the nature of the relationship and decisions made within it.
  • Collective — where individuals work together to achieve a more extensive impact than each could have had alone. This includes involvement in political structures, but might also cover collective action based on cooperation rather than competition. Collective action may be locally focused, for example, at village or neighborhood level or institutional, such as national networks or the United Nations.

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