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CARE International and Diageo have been working together in a global partnership since 2016, empowering women and engaging men to address the root causes of gender inequality throughout the Diageo value chain and beyond. CARE has conducted an in-depth gender analysis of Diageo’s barley value chain in the Oromia region in Ethiopia to analyse the barriers and opportunities for women’s empowerment.


A summary of the in-depth gender analysis conducted by CARE of Diageo’s barley value chain in the Oromia region in Ethiopia.


CARE and Diageo have conducted an in-depth gender analysis of Diageo’s barley supply chain in Oromia region, Ethiopia. We have been working together in a global partnership since 2016 and wanted to more deeply understand the barriers and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment. We believe that what we learned could provide useful lessons not just for Diageo, but for any business with a global supply chain.


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

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

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

UN report on women’s economic empowerment: The right thing – and the smart thing – to do - Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor Fiona Jarden's take on the first report by the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.


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?

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