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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

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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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COVID-19 could drive millions of women into poverty, when they are agents of recovery
COVID-19 has become an unprecedented global crisis, affecting everyone - but not equally so. CARE International UK’s new study on COVID-19 and women’s economic justice and rights shows that women…
Transforming the future of work for gender equality: What’s happening in Asia?
The Asia Pacific region has both the world’s largest proportion of workers in the working-age population and the world’s lowest unemployment rate. However, only 44.5 per cent of women are…
Sexual harassment in the garment industry: What happens when you bring people together to look at solutions rather than problems?
“I’ve been doing this work for 30 years, so to come to a space like this and have everyone in the room start from a place of ‘we have a…
Three years of impact: what’s changing in the garment industry?
We want the women employed in the supply chains of the companies which make your clothes to have access to decent jobs free from violence and harassment and to be…

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Resilient Market Systems Standards: A compendium for practitioners
By 2030, the number of people living in poverty in fragile settings could rise to 620 million, or more than 80% of the world’s poorest people. CARE’s Resilient Market System…
COVID-19 could condemn women to decades of poverty: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ economic justice and rights
COVID-19 has become an unprecedented and unpredictable global crisis. It is “a defining moment in human history”.  COVID-19 has affected everyone, but not equally so. The pandemic is exploiting and…
Are VSLA feminist platforms for gender transformation?
This paper provides findings and recommendations about how Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) can be a platform to challenge patriarchal structures that discriminate against and normalise violence against women…
Women on the Move Annual Report 2019
When women are able to come together in safe spaces, they can use their collective power and voice to bring about change for a more equitable world. Women on the…

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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