Pathways to Women's Empowerment - work and employment

11th February 2014
In recent years women have entered the paid workforce in greater numbers. The development sector is keen to support women into work because employment contributes to development goals and targets, by alleviating poverty, and also because employment has the potential to empower women. The global economic crisis has made their economic situation more precarious, but also created opportunities for greater state intervention in securing and supporting decent, more equitable employment opportunities.

Jenny Birchall, Eldis Gender Convenor, introduces some of the
research looking at work (both paid and unpaid) undertaken by the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Consortium, which provides suggestions on how decision-makers can support mechanisms for improving women’s rights as workers, enhance their incomes and working conditions, and strengthen their ability to press for change.

See the more on the work of the Consortium, and further material from Eldis on work and employment.