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The Theory Behind the Approach: Women’s Economic Empowerment

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This webinar examined examine the implications for women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market development based on a paper released by the USAID Leveraging Economic Opportunities project, presented by the report’s authors. An expert commentator from the International Labour Organization then discussed potential implications, followed by an ample question and answer session.

Immediately after the webinar, the e-discussion on women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market development kicked off on EmpowerWomen.org to continue the conversation. The experts from the webinars answered any pending questions, and participants expanded the discussion. Review the conversation here.

This webinar is part of the learning series "From Theory to Practice: Women's Economic Empowerment in Inclusive Market Systems Development," in partnership with UN Women. Learn more about the series and other upcoming events here.

Given the growing importance of inclusive market systems development and questions about how it can promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, the SEEP Network and UN Women have teamed up to bring you this learning series. It will take place over the first half of 2015, bringing you the chance to closely engage with key experts on conceptual and practical issues around women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems.

From Theory to Practice Learning Series



Speakers

Presenters

Lindsey Jones - Director of Gender Mainstreaming and Women’s Empowerment, ACDI/VOCA

Erin Markel - Principal Consultant, Economic Empowerment, MarketShare Associates and Co-facilitator of The SEEP Network’s WEE WG

Expert Commentator

Joni Simpson - Global Coordinator & Specialist, Women's & Youth Entrepreneurship Development, International Labour Office (ILO)

Moderator

Luis Osorio - International Market Systems Specialist, Practical Action Consulting and Facilitator of The SEEP Network’s Market Facilitation Initiative (MaFI)

 


From Theory to Practice: Women’s Economic Empowerment in Inclusive Market Systems Development is a learning series taking place over the first half of 2015, bringing you the chance to closely engage with key experts on conceptual and practical issues around women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems.

5 Comments

[…] The Theory Behind the Approach: Women’s Economic Empowerment in Inclusive Market Systems Devel… […]

Jihène Malek says:
Mar 03, 2015

We need o more market access tools, strategies , laws in developing world . Also , to implement capacity building for women’s NGOs, access to finance, to facilitate the transition from informal to formal sector, etc. Noting the limiting constraints of women entrepreneurship, I would like to share the following results: a constraint inhibits women’s choice and mobility, legal and social barriers limit g women work, the lack of relevant skills in demand by the market narrows their opportunities, there are limited private sector and entrepreneurial prospects for those women who aspire to create and run a business (The World Bank Report (2013)); unequal access to Entrepreneurship Opportunities due to the region business environment (Doing Business World Bank-IFC report) cited corruption and anti-competitive practices as the most pervasive constraints; cumbersome and costly procedures for opening a business and uncertain chances of recovering assets from a failed venture may be more difficult for women to overcome; the lack of government support in terms of policy, laws and services has been identified as a barrier for women entrepreneurs (report Women Business and the Law (World Bank, 2012), etc.
As Tunisian women economist researcher and expert, I’m asking questions: why serious change and real reform for women entrepreneurs is undeveloped and what about the gender bias in entrepreneurship that continues to persist?

Rev Jane Kaluban says:
Dec 12, 2015

i am a masters student at Copper belt University in Zambia. I am researching on women’s economic empowerment. i found this very interesting. Please send me more and the progress on women empowerment. Thanks you.

Carol Tyroler says:
Sep 09, 2016

I’d love to be part of the discussion and working group. Is there a process for this and/or application process?

Thank you – Carol Tyroler

Mashal Amjad says:
Sep 09, 2016

Hi Carol,
Thank you for your interest in the Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group. Please click here to join the group and receive future mailings as well.

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