Gender and Resilience Webinar 

Gender norms and power dynamics can play significant roles in influencing the ability of people, households, and communities to build resilience capacities and put them into practice in the face of a shock or stress.

In this webinar, the speakers discussed measurement tools around three important issues at the intersection of gender and resilience – household decision-making, meaningful participation in community groups, and access to market linkages – developed with guidance from IFPRI and piloted in Mercy Corps field programs in Nepal, Indonesia, and Niger.

  • Mercy Corps’ Building Resilience through the integration of Gender and Empowerment (BRIGE) Program: here.

  • Gender-Responsive and Climate-Resilient Agriculture for Nutrition (GCAN) Project : here.



Kristi Tabaj recently supported Hurricane Maria Response efforts in Puerto Rico, facilitating the Children’s Task Force and identifying partnership opportunities for longer term recovery with Save the Children. From 2012-2017, she was the Gender Senior Specialist for TOPS, a global knowledge management program focused on food security. Prior to that, she provided technical assistance for program design and implementation of agriculture and food security programming in Afghanistan, Latin America, and the U.S., including time as a Peace Corps volunteer. Early in her career she worked for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in wildland fire response and archaeology. She has a BA from Lawrence University in Anthropology, an MS from the University of California, Davis in International Agricultural Development, and is currently pursuing an MA in Biology from Miami University.

Sophie Theis is a research analyst and gender specialist in the Environment and Production Technology Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, D.C. In this role she leads mixed methods research related to gender and rural livelihoods in East Africa and South Asia and collaborates with donors and implementing organizations on designing gender-responsive rural development programs and strategies. Her areas of interest include linking qualitative and quantitative methods and bridging research and practice. Prior to joining IFPRI, Sophie worked at the World Bank and the U.S. Department of State on agriculture and land use policy in Latin America. She holds an M.S. and B.S. from Stanford University’s environmental policy program with a concentration in environmental anthropology.

Audrey Anderson is the Technical Program Director for the BRIGE program at Mercy Corps, which focuses on strengthening the integration of gender into six resilience-focused programs across three countries. She also serves as co-chair of the Gender and Resilience Working Group, a coalition of over 40 organizations around the world focusing on the intersection of gender and resilience.

Prior to working with Mercy Corps, Audrey managed the adolescent girl program portfolio under Plan International USA’s “Because I am a Girl” initiative. Audrey holds an M.A. from George Washington University.

Nikunja Nepal is the Program Manager for Mercy Corps’ BRIGE program in Nepal, where she has spearheaded Mercy Corps’ work on approaches to equitable household decision-making for strengthening household and community resilience. Nikunja has over a decade of experience in leading and implementing programs promoting gender equity. In addition to Mercy Corps, Nikunja has worked with women’s rights organizations in a dozen countries in diverse thematic areas such as prevention of gender-based violence, leadership development and economic programs in agriculture and forestry. She has a Master of Sociology from the University of Montreal.

A recording of the webinar is available here: