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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

Blogs See all

What’s the most effective way to promote change for women working in garment factories?
CARE has spent more than 20 years engaging with women employed in garment factories. As with many organisations working with the garment industry, worker training is an important component of…
How peer-to-peer lending is helping to provide social microfinance to thousands of Zimbabwean women
When I travelled to Zimbabwe at the end of last year to conduct the annual evaluation of our two microfinance partners there, I arrived just as its latest economic crisis…
What happens when you think of poor women as economic powerhouses? The world changes.
We usually think of women in CARE’s projects as beneficiaries or participants, but they are so much more powerful than that. Women who work in CARE’s programmes use their skills…
Changing social norms to achieve women’s financial inclusion
We can’t achieve women’s financial inclusion without considering harmful social norms and trying to change them. This was the key message I shared during the Swiss Agency for Development and…

Publications See all

Women’s economic empowerment in emergency contexts – Niger: A Case Study
This report, based on research into CARE humanitarian interventions in Niger, analyses whether community-led savings groups and income-generation activities can represent a way not only to respond to crises, but…
CARE International Women’s Economic Empowerment Impact Report 2018
Women still have fewer economic rights, less access to economic opportunities and less control over economic resources than men due to a range of social, legal and political inequalities. Women’s…
Women on the Move Annual Report 2018
Women on the Move is a CARE regional strategy to mobilise savings groups in West Africa, so that women and girls can assert their basic economic and social rights. Evidence…
State of practice: Savings groups and the role of government in sub-Saharan Africa
In recent years, governments across sub-Saharan Africa have deepened their engagement with savings groups, recognising the potential of the community-based microfinance model to contribute to national development agendas. This report,…

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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