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(The Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group)

Learning Series: From Theory to Practice

From theory to practice: Women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems development: A learning partnership between The SEEP Network and UN Women

“We cannot afford to lose the potential of another generation of women.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and UN Assistant-Secretary-General,
at the Second National Encounter of Women Legislators, 4 December 2014, Mexico

 Women, men, donors and development practitioners around the world are working to bring about inclusive economic development and advance social equity. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are now recognized as key elements in driving effective markets and reducing poverty.  Yet, women continue to confront discrimination in many aspects of their lives, especially in respect to their economic opportunities. According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity “lags stubbornly behind” other areas such as educational attainment. Women continue to see their labor devalued, face steep barriers to their economic empowerment and are often excluded from involvement in market systems.

 This learning series was designed to provide an opportunity for closer engagement between practitioners, researchers and experts on conceptual and practical issues around women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems. Through a thought-provoking sequence of webinars, e-discussions and social media engagement, participants discussed and dialogued  about good practices, practical implementation considerations and lessons learned. The four themes covered included :

 The Theory Behind the Approach: Women’s Economic Empowerment in Inclusive Market Systems Development

Webinar 1 | Details, Materials & Recording | 

Inclusive Business and Women in Market Systems

Webinar 2 | Details, Materials & Recording | 

Empowering Women: Why Quality Jobs Matter

Webinar 3 | Details, Materials & Recording |

Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment in Market Systems

Webinar 4 | Details, Materials & Recording 


Please visit the UN Women EmpowerWomen.org platform here and SEEP’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group and events page to receive updates and additional information.

 From Theory to Practice

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