Women's economic empowerment
Balancing paid work and unpaid care work
Deepta Chopra is one of a number of experts delivering lectures as part of the UN Women Training Centre’s online course aimed at enhancing understandings of the critical place care work occupies in human development. The eight week course begins in early May and is open to the public. Deepta’s session on May 10, 2016 will address the social organisation of care in the Global South.
Anjam Singh, a research consultant for the Institute of Social Studies Trust, Delhi, reflects on the role of unpaid care work in women’s economic empowerment within Nepal and its importance in the wider development discourse following its inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals.
What is women’s economic empowerment?
The term women’s economic empowerment is generally used to describe an increase in women’s economic opportunities and participation in economic activity (usually through paid work), and improvements in women’s agency and control over economic resources and decision making. A complete picture of women’s economic empowerment needs to consider not just the market economy, where women participate in the labour market, but also the care economy, which sustains and nurtures the market economy.
The Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March 2016. IDS is co-organising two parallel events: one on sustainable women’s economic empowerment, drawing on research from the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women programme, and the other on intersectional inequality and power. Interactions will be there to cover both of them.
This report measures legal restrictions on women’s employment and entrepreneurship by identifying gender-based legal differences. The dataset has captured 21 differences in policies for unmarried women and 26 for married women that affect women’s economic opportunities, for a total of 47 differences across five indicators.
The UN Women have released a series of policy briefs which synthesize research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on key policy areas around gender equality and women’s rights. Topics covered include: 'Gender equality, child development and job creation,' 'Protecting women’s income security in old age: Toward gender-responsive pension systems' and 'Why macroeconomic policy matters for gender equality.'