Economic growth may foster women’s economic empowerment, but its effects may be enhanced in some places and inhibited in others because of historically and geographically specific sociopolitical and economic structures. These structures include the types of labor market opportunities available to women; the time burden of caretaking responsibilities that can depend on household size and health levels; other legal, institutional, cultural, or infrastructural factors that may protect women from exploitation; and unintended consequences of development such as increased risk of violence in urban public spaces.
On May 6th, experts from the Urban Institute, Leadership for Environment and Development, Egerton University, the Centre on Public Policy Alternatives, University of Maryland, and the International Development Research Centre discussed social, political, and economic factors affecting women’s empowerment in the global South.
- Madiha Ahmed, senior program specialist, social and economic policy, International Development Research Centre, Canada
- Nan Marie Astone, senior fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
- Sonalde Desai, professor of sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, United States
- Hina Lotia, director programmes, Leadership for Environment and Development, Pakistan
- Jennifer Obado-Joel, research manager, Centre on Public Policy Alternatives, Nigeria
- Damaris Parsitau, director and senior lecturer, Institute of Women, Gender, and Development Studies, Egerton University, Kenya
- H. Elizabeth Peters, director, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute