Women's Economic Empowerment
Employment – 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.
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.