Policy highlights:

  • Women’s economic empowerment has become one of the major priorities on the development agenda. In pursuing this goal, a number of recommendations can be made to policymakers:
  • Women’s unpaid care work should be recognized as contributing to economic growth. Accordingly, investments in care infrastructure should be made to free women to engage in paid work.
  • Gender-sensitive interventions are needed to ensure that women benefit from general economic growth. In addition, targeted measures are needed to ensure women’s empowerment once they enter the workforce, such as investing in education, removing legal restrictions and improving working conditions.
  • Progress will only be meaningful if the cultural, economic and political structures that limit women’s empowerment, such as discriminatory attitudes towards female employment, are challenged.
Connected themes
Share this post

Related items

AERC Regional Policy Forum summary

The AERC hosted a virtual Regional Policy Forum on 28 March 2022. The forum brought together key stakeholders who play important roles in shaping new research findings, paving new policy directions, and initiating innovative practices in the areas of youth and employment.

Getting up to speed with inclusive development

The INCLUDE team’s reading list: March 2022 Every month we share with our readers a…

cairo-workers
Identifying Economic Sectors to Create Employment for Youth in Africa: key findings from selected country cases

Growth Sectors for Youth Employment (GSYE) is an African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) collaborative research…

John_maara_Photo_
Getting up to speed with inclusive development

The INCLUDE team’s reading list: February 2022

The world youngest continent is looking for work

The African continent is undergoing an important demographic transformation that will, for the better or the worse, drastically change its labor market. According to the World Bank, every year 12 million young people enter the job market while only 3 million formal jobs are created. With a median age of 25 years old, the African continent is the youngest in the world.

Maya Turolla Profile