Evidence suggests that women’s economic empowerment cannot be achieved without addressing women’s unequal workload, which reinforces gender inequalities by impinging upon education, restricting opportunities for paid work, putting women at greater risk of gender-based violence, and limiting women’s political participation.
But why does unpaid care work affect women in this way, particularly in rural communities, and what are the links to violence against women? Can addressing unpaid care work lead to a reduction in violence against women? Or can attempts to transgress the gendered norms of unpaid care work actually be seen as a justification for violence against women?
Join us online on Thursday December 8th (10-11.30 GMT) for an international webinar to consider these questions, and to share and learn what works in addressing unpaid care work and violence against women, what challenges exist, and how can we influence national, regional and international policy.
We have 3 presenters: Azumi Mesuna from ActionAid Ghana, Anatole Uwiragiye from ActionAid Rwanda and Roselyn Nyatsanza from Oxfam in Zimbabwe. We will also be looking for additional input after the presenters from other participants who have experience of these areas: both what works and the challenges. The webinar will be facilitated by Wangari Kinoti, ActionAid’s International Policy Manager for Women’s Rights.
This webinar is the first in an exciting new series looking at themes being addressed in ActionAid’s new 5 year project: Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Rights (POWER) - in Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The project is working through local partners to achieve economic empowerment for women in rural communities. It is doing so by focusing on a number of interlinked areas: unpaid care work; climate resistant sustainable agriculture, access to markets and violence against women. It builds on ActionAid’s extensive programme and policy experience on unpaid care work and violence against women.
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