Browse by Theme: Women's Economic Empowerment

Given DFID’s commitment to the Global Goals and to labour standards (eg support of the ETI, guidance within CDC), why doesn’t DFID’s new Economic Development Strategy talk about Decent Work?

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Demand for financial services from low-income groups is at an all-time high. Some of that demand is by informal savings and loans groups – including CARE’s 5 million Village Savings and Loan Association members – who want access to quality group bank accounts and mobile-based solutions. East Africa is leading the world in setting up informal savings groups and linking them to formal financial services. The recent East Africa Linkage Summit provided exactly the kinds of insights that other regions can learn from to scale up financial inclusion in 2017.

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Reyna Araceli Reyes Sorto, age 44, lives in Villanueva Cortes in Honduras. When she was a child she dreamed of being a doctor yet because of economic hardship and lack of access to higher education, she was unable fulfil her dream. Until recently, she never thought a woman of her age could have the opportunity to have a job, to own a business, or to be engaged in any income generation activities; she believed only her husband could generate income. Then she joined a Rural Savings and Credit Union.

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CARE’s programmes on dignified work have for a number of years included training sessions for women in factories. Recent research provides further evidence, backing up our own findings, that investing in training for women workers makes good business sense for factory owners.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is upon us. Too much to be excited about, right? Or, like me, you may still be wrapping your head around what this revolution means...

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In my line of work we all feel passionately about creating greater gender equality globally, and for CARE and many others, achieving greater women’s economic empowerment is a major goal. But how good are we at keeping our own houses in order when it comes to flexible working?

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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

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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

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