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Empowering women in the economy

Empowering women in the economy

How can the private sector and development partners take forward the recommendations of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment?

Business leaders and global experts joined a panel discussion in London on 6 September 2017:

The event was organised by CARE International in partnership with the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, the UK Department for International Development and Business Fights Poverty, and featured:

  • Presentation and launch of High Level Panel toolkits by Purna Sen, UN Women Policy Director
  • Panel discussion on implementing the High Level Panel recommendations, the need for future progress checks, and sharing of good practices on women’s economic empowerment – with a focus on efforts by and with private sector partners, including strengthening women’s role in their global value chains
  • Speakers were Nana Afadzinu (WACSI), Gwen Hines (DFID), Cynthia Drakeman (DoubleXEconomy), Cathy Pieters (Mondelēz International), Nilufar Verjee (CARE). Read full speaker bios here 

Join the conversation: @careintuk #WomensBusiness

Event blogs

Read more

Inclusive economic development is at the core of eliminating extreme poverty and injustice, says CARE chief executive Laurie Lee in a blog for Business Fights Poverty on Making DFID’s Economic Development Strategy Work for Women

What CARE will do to ensure 30 million women have greater access to and control over economic resources by 2020 – read CARE’s Women’s Economic Empowerment strategy

Dignified Work – What is it? And why is it crucial for women’s economic empowerment? – Insights blog by Gerry Boyle

Video

Business leaders are joined by women in Tanzania to explain what women's economic empowerment means to them

Publications See all

‘I know I cannot quit’: The prevalence and productivity cost of sexual harassment to the Cambodian garment industry
This report presents the findings of a large-scale, nationally representative survey of sexual harassment in the Cambodian garment industry.
CARE International response to the UN High Level Panel for WEE’s new report
The United Nations Secretary-General established the High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment to bring together leaders from different constituencies — government, civil society, business and international organizations — to…
Briefing paper to the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group on Financial, Digital Inclusion and Property
Over the past year CARE has been advising the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on what actions need to be taken to rapidly accelerate women’s economic…
Resilient markets: Strengthening women’s economic empowerment and market systems in fragile settings
Functioning market systems and a responsible and responsive private sector are critical to livelihoods, autonomy and well-being. However, they are both heavily impacted by crisis, and women, who face greater…

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Resources and links

High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment reports and toolkits

DFID’s Economic Development Strategy

Business Fights Poverty Women’s Economic Empowerment Challenge webpage

UN Women’s webpage on economic empowerment and flagship report Progress of the World’s Women

Empower Women website

Women’s Empowerment Principles website

CARE’s Gender, Power and Justice Primer – an easy to use, curated gender resource, highlighting key gender statistics, global commitments, evidence and promising practices, including a section on women’s economic empowerment