The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre, invites you to a discussion on the barriers to and enablers of women’s economic empowerment. We will consider how evidence is used for policymaking in the Global South and ways stakeholders can support women’s economic empowerment.
Greater participation of women in economic activities stimulates economic growth, improves firms’ productivity, and improves children’s education and health outcomes. Women face significant barriers to achieving economic empowerment, such as the threat of violence and norms regarding traditional roles in society. But economic growth can increase women’s labor force participation and other measures of women’s empowerment, and enabling policies, such as improved child care services and legal reforms to improve control over assets, are showing promise, particularly in countries where gender gaps are largest.
How can broad-based development policies, combined with specific interventions targeting women, foster greater economic empowerment for women? What factors determine women’s ability to work in more productive economic sectors?
Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Senior Adviser, Development Research Group, The World Bank
Arjan de Haan, Program Leader, Employment and Growth, International Development Research Centre, Canada
H. Elizabeth Peters, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
Fauzia Viqar, Chairperson, Punjab Commission on the Status of Women, Pakistan
Charles Cadwell, Vice President, Urban Institute (moderator)