Women’s economic empowerment: Balancing rights with responsibilities

How should we balance the rights and responsibilities for women’s economic empowerment? Elizabeth Fraser from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women takes us through her views. It is a triumph of gender activism that women’s economic empowerment has won increasing recognition as an issue of human rights. As more and more women join the ranks of entrepreneurship, they are poised to …

Let’s take a bigger leap for women with disabilities and economic empowerment

In this latest addition to her our Her Series, we look at the barriers women with disabilities face. Hannah Loryman from CBM sheds light on just some of them.  he High-level panel’s aim to put Women’s Economic Empowerment at the top of the International Agenda is hugely positive. As the Secretary General put it, the Sustainable Development Goals will only …

High Level Panel must support women’s collective action as key to realising women’s economic rights

The UN High Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment is seen as an important step in gender equality. But how can it ensure it supports women effectively? Rachel Noble from Action Aid shares with us her views. he fight for gender equality and women’s rights has been playing out over centuries. The significant progress that has been made in many …

Women’s economic empowerment and the HIV and AIDS response

We know that gender inequality fuels the HIV epidemic and that women’s economic empowerment is a powerful tool to change gender relations. Does that mean that women’s economic empowerment can reduce women’s vulnerability to HIV? Evidence reveals the relationship may be more complicated. In 2015, young women (15-24) made up 20% of all new HIV infections (despite representing just 11% …

Lake Chad’s unseen crisis

Today Oxfam is launching Lake Chad’s Unseen Crisis, which tells the stories of people displaced by conflict in Niger and Nigeria. Oxfam’s Advocacy and Policy Lead in the Lake Chad Basin, Sultana Begum, shares with us what’s happening on the ground in the region. very year on 19th of August the world takes time out to recognize the work and …

Measuring WASH sustainability in a Payment by Results context

Payment by Results (PbR) is bringing new ways to fund water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. Here Mimi Coultas from Plan International UK, reflects on a recent joint side-event at WEDC Conference which explored the opportunities and challenges to this new way of funding.  ustainability of WASH programmes is a key concern for everyone involved in the sector: country governments, …

An IMF that promotes gender equality? A long road lies ahead…

How can global institutions ensure tackling women’s economic empowerment is done in the most effective way? Sargon Nisson from the Bretton Woods Project, argues that the IMF could think differently. Gender is rising up the agenda of economic policy making. This year we have seen a step-change in how global economic institutions consider women’s economic empowerment. However the nature of …

Don’t be naïve, power is serious business

In this latest addition to our Her Series, Oxfam America’s Director of Policy & Research, Gawain Kripke, shares his views on why the development community must prioritize women’s economic empowerment. he development community should recognize that women’s economic empowerment is a threat to established power holders. Women’s economic empowerment is a growing subsector within the development field. There’s a lot …