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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

Doing Nexus Differently: How can Humanitarian and Development Actors link or integrate humanitarian action, development, and peace?
CARE’s Regional Applied Economic Empowerment Hub in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region uses evidence from the ground, research, regional experience, and global thought leaders’ know-how to contribute…
Doing Nexus Differently - External Summary Paper
Summary of the research by CARE’s Regional Applied Economic Empowerment Hub in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region on Doing Nexus Differently.
CARE evidence to the International Development Committee Inquiry into the DFID Economic Development Strategy
CARE's written evidence to the IDC argues that DFID’s Economic Development Strategy has an inadequate focus on gender and therefore will not deliver outcomes for women, companies and economies.
CARE global VSLA reach 2017: An overview of the global reach of CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Association programming
For over 25 years CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) have enabled women living in poverty to increase their financial skills, gain access to and control over resources, and…

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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