Women's Economic Empowerment

Women's Economic Empowerment Policy and Programming

Creating and sharing new knowledge on the balance between paid work and unpaid care


Lived experiences of women

Our project has generated a large dataset of case studies, that detail the contours and consequences of women striving to balance their paid work and unpaid care work. These anonymised summaries illustrate the extreme drudgery and physical and emotional depletion faced by women in low income households.

A rigorous and innovative mixed-methods approach combining participatory tools with quantitative surveys and qualitative data collection to provide a holistic picture of women, their families and communities.

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24-hour time use recording
10 participatory tools including body mapping in 16 sites
Rich and through data analysis of 126 families
800 household surveys

Knowledge and evidence

Get the knowledge on how to generate a ‘double boon’ through provision of decent work that is empowering for women; and redistribution of unpaid care work such that women undertake no more than their fair share of care.

Global synthesis report

Academic insights and practical recommendations published in
4 working papers, 4 country reports, 8 programmatic guidance notes, policy briefs and 126 case studies

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Making an impact

Promoting evidence-based learning through generation of debate at local, national, regional and international levels; and dissemination of policy-oriented outputs that highlight how women’s economic empowerment can be optimised, shared across families and sustained across generations.