Boosting Women's Economic Empowerment

Women are resilient and resourceful economic agents, who overcome persistent gender-based barriers to advance their careers, their financial livelihoods, and their wellbeing. Women succeed in spite of laws, policies, social norms, and institutions that hold them back. Removing barriers — to education and training, access to financial services, fair leave policies, and equal pay —  provide women the opportunity women the chance to reach their full potential. When women thrive, we all stand to benefit.

This month, join Women Deliver and partners as we unpack the complex topic of women’s economic empowerment. Hear from the CEO of IKEA Switzerland Simona Scarpaleggia on why simply hiring more women isn’t enough, analyze alongside Hewlett Foundation ways to make jobs work for women, learn how empowering women along the value chain presents unique business opportunities, and discover the incredible power of mentoring

Let's create a world in which all women have a fair opportunity to learn, earn, and thrive.




Want to End Poverty? Invest In Women's Economic Empowerment
Women Deliver
In this conversation held at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands discuss the importance of investing in women's economic empowerment to end poverty.
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The Power of Mentoring Women: How Anja Scaled Her Business in Both Profit and Purpose
Tallulah Perez-Sphar | Cherie Blaire Foundation
Anja was inspired to launch her business after discovering that many girls in Malaysia are forced to miss out on school because they cannot afford the cost of menstrual pads.
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Research Report: Women’s Empowerment in Global Value Chains
BSR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and Women Deliver
This outcome report from the Private Sector Pre-Conference at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference examines how to create business opportunities that accelerate women’s health, rights, and wellbeing in global value chains.
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Harnessing Power to Shift the Economic Balance Toward Equality for Women
Elise Young | FHI 360
Economic empowerment is a universal human right that protects women and people of all genders and social identities from sexual harassment, exploitation and gender-based violence.
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Women’s Empowerment: It Takes a Business!
Tanzanian teen-turned-tailor Adelina Mwaka is getting a handle on her health and a hand up in her business, with the support of a suite of services - from HIV diagnosis, care and treatment, to family planning education and services.
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Caring About Women’s Work: Why Sexual and Reproductive Rights Matter
Preethi Sundaram | International Planned Parenthood Federation
The freedom to decide if and when to marry and have children, the right to live free from violence, and to make decisions regarding their bodies is key to empowering women economically.
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The Unexpected Key to Sharmila’s Success
Submitted by Johnson & Johnson
HIV Positive and Living Positively
Submitted by PATH
Photo Essay: UNDP Trains Female Nurses for Rural Clinics
Submitted by UNDP
Making Jobs Work for Women
Submitted by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
For more stories and resources on Boosting Women's Economic Empowerment, please visit our January Thematic Focus Webpage.

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