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Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW), an innovative programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), aims to enhance the economic empowerment of 300,000 women working in global value chains by 2022.

Business, as the engine of the global economy, has an important role to play in achieving this goal. The WOW consortium - an alliance of global experts, including PwC, BSR, CARE International, University of Manchester, and Social Development Direct - will establish 10 business partnerships/initiatives that will enable dignified, equal, and economically empowering work for women. WOW will also support civil society organisations to tackle a small number of key issues affecting women’s opportunities in global value chains.

This report and discussion document are the first in a series of WOW research publications aimed at improving understanding of women’s economic empowerment and catalysing action to address key issues that are barriers to women around the world.

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Four good reasons for engaging with DFID’s Work and Opportunities for Women programme – blog by Gerry Boyle, Senior Policy Advisor on women’s economic empowerment

IDC report on DFID’s Economic Development Strategy: lacking punch, misunderstanding gender but with some positives – review of the report highlights insufficient treatment of gender

CARE examine the importance of gender equity in business – why CARE are hosting the gender equity zone at Business Fights Poverty’s 2018 conference

How we got a step nearer to ending violence and harassment at work worldwide – and what’s next – Alice Allan, Head of Advocacy, sums up the achievements of the ILO convention and what still needs to be done

Empower a woman and a whole cocoa community will thrive – how the Mondelēz International, Cocoa Life programme is promoting women’s empowerment in their supply chains

How business can tackle social norms which hold back women’s economic empowerment – Insights blog by Claudia Canepa, coordinator of Oxfam's Knowledge Hub on women's economic empowerment in agriculture

Empowering women in the economy: The private sector is an essential partner - Cindy Drakeman, lead author of the UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment report,  discusses the power business has to bring about transformative change


The DFID-flagship Work and Opportunities for Women programme (WOW) has recently completed its inception phase and is now beginning implementation. The programme was originally conceived as a response to the UN High-Level panel report on women’s economic empowerment, which CARE broadly welcomed at the time. The programme is being run by an alliance of CARE, PwC, BSR, Social Development Direct and the University of Manchester, and aims to enhance the economic empowerment of 300,000 women by 2022.


The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently published its ‘Yellow Report’ on the input from states, employers, unions and civil society to the proposed new Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work. The Yellow Report’s wide-ranging provisions are welcome – but there are key areas that still need to be addressed in the lead up to, and during, the 2018 International Labour Conference (ILC) in May/June in Geneva.


Do you know where chocolate comes from? Do you wonder who produced the cocoa in your chocolate and under what circumstances? Do you care if the chocolate you buy is sourced in a responsible way, with equal access and opportunity for women?


CARE was delighted to host yesterday’s event to a full house of business leaders, global experts, and civil society actors to talk about how the private sector can empower women in the economy, including by implementing the UN High Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment’s new recommendations.


Across the world, women make a significant contribution to agricultural supply chains, in spite of complex hurdles that limit their inclusion and their leadership. The UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLP) identified seven key drivers for women’s economic empowerment (WEE), and the HLP called on governments, private sector companies and civil society organisations to step up their work on WEE by increasing investment, finding new types of partnerships and expanding their actions to more of the ‘drivers’.


The private sector is an essential partner in the women’s economic empowerment movement. Corporations large and small employ a significant proportion of the labour force worldwide, and their value chains touch all economies and nearly every person on Earth. They have enormous power to bring about transformative change through inclusive hiring and promotion policies, market expansion, workforce development, and procurement spending.

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