Women’s economic empowerment

We know that women’s economic empowerment is beneficial to women, to their families, their communities and to national economies. Globally, however, women are paid less than men and have more limited access to land and resources than men. Household finances are often controlled by men rather than shared jointly between partners. Women (and girls) also carry out the bulk of unpaid household work leaving less time for them to engage in income generation to support their own and their family’s needs.

A lack of financial independence can also leave women in dangerous and violent relationships. Moreover, when addressing women’s economic empowerment it needs to be considered that existing gender roles and norms will be disrupted; this has the potential to generate more violence towards women. As a result, we need to work with the whole community at the same time, to create a favourable environment and understanding around the benefits for everyone.

We are adapting our gender justice resources to address the injustice of economic violence predicated on the unequal valuing of men and women. Instead we aim to enable men and women to work together as equally valued partners so that individuals, families and communities can flourish.

resources on SGBV and livelihoods

Women's ecomonic empowerment in eastern drc front coverWomen's Economic Empowerment in Eastern DRC: the impact of interventions addressing gender-based violence (Full report) (PDF 2.2 MB) and Summary (531 KB)
This report explores the key findings of a study undertaken in three villages in Ituri Province, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in October 2017. The study examined the current socio-economic situation of women in these villages and the degree to which interventions designed to combat gender-based violence have impacted on women’s economic empowerment.

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Think livelihoods!  (PDF MB) 
A facilitator's manual for applying a livelihoods lens when working with people, households and communities affected by HIV.
This resource is also available in French (PDF 2.1 MB), Portuguese (PDF 2.6 MB) and Kiswahili (PDF 2.3 MB)

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Community Dialogues - Women's Economic Empowerment (PDF 1.3 MB) 
This guide is an adaptation of the original Community dialogues resource with additional sessions for mixed groups on topics relating to gender equality and women's economic empowerment.
This resource is also available in French (PDF 1.2 MB)