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Women’s Economic Empowerment: Insights from Africa and South Asia

Book Cover: Women's Economic Empowerment
Kate Grantham, Gillian Dowie and Arjan de Haan
Routledge, IDRC

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This book examines women’s economic empowerment in a range of developing country contexts, investigating the societal structures and norms which keep women from achieving economic equality.

Despite global progress in closing gender gaps in education and health, women’s economic empowerment has lagged behind, with little evidence that economic growth promotes gender equality. IDRC’s Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) programme was set up to provide policy lessons, insights, and concrete solutions that could lead to advances in gender equality, particularly on the role of institutions and macroeconomic growth, barriers to labour market access for women, and the impact of women’s care responsibilities. This book showcases rigorous and multidisciplinary research emerging from this ground-breaking program, covering topics such as school-to-work transition, child marriage, unpaid domestic work and childcare, labour market segregation, and the power of social and cultural norms that prevent women from fully participating in better paid sectors of the economy.

With a range of rich case studies from Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda, this book is perfect for students, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working on women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the Global South.

The editors

Kate Grantham

Kate Grantham

Kate Grantham is an international development researcher, educator, and consultant focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues.
Gillian Dowie

Gillian Dowie

Gillian Dowie is a senior program officer in the Sustainable Inclusive Economies program at IDRC, currently based in New Delhi, India.
Arjan de Haa

Arjan de Haan

Arjan de Haan is a senior program specialist with IDRC’s Sustainable Inclusive Economies program.