Women's Economic Empowerment

women's economic empowermentEmployment – more precisely “decent work” – is a key pathway to poverty reduction and economic empowerment. Most of the world’s poor, especially in developing countries, are working. Of the estimated 630 million working poor, the majority are women (ILO 2009). They cannot work their way out of poverty because most earn their living in the informal economy where average earnings are low while costs and risks are high.

WIEGO focuses on the needs and concerns of women working in informal employment, specifically domestic workers, home-based workers, street vendors and waste pickers. Strengthening women’s leadership is a core component of our projects.

WIEGO's Approach to Women's Economic Empowerment

Through WIEGO's work with membership-based organizations of informal workers, we know that access to resources alone does not necessarily translate into improved livelihoods. For WIEGO, empowerment refers to the process of change that gives working poor women – as individual workers and as members of worker organizations – the ability to access needed resources while also gaining the ability to influence the wider policy, regulatory and institutional environment.  

Read more about WIEGO’s position and approach to women’s economic empowerment.

WIEGO Projects Focused on Women's Economic Empowerment

While all of WIEGO's work seeks to improve the economic circumstances of women working in the informal economy, these projects have a particular focus on women's economic empowerment.

Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment
Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment
(2009-2012)
This project received support from the
Government of the Netherlands,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Securing Economic Rights for Informal Women Workers
Securing Economic Rights
for Informal Women Workers

(2012-2015)
This project received support from the 
Government of the Netherlands,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

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