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Time to act for Women’s Economic Empowerment

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment has yet to celebrate its second birthday yet it has already made significant strides towards its goal of building a global movement for women’s economic…

Added by Tamsin Smith on December 13, 2017 at 11:33 — No Comments

The gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives: Findings from a survey of 16 projects

An earlier Practitioner Hub blog outlined a tool that can be used by…


Added by Tamsin Smith on November 7, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Women’s work? Challenging gender roles in the Philippines

Shienna Cabus and her 4 year old daughter travel to a local water source to collect spring water for the family in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, Philippines.Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville/Oxfam

‘We forget our tiredness when the kiss is there.’ Nikki van der Gaag reports from the Philippines on a partnership that is changing ideas about men’s and women’s roles in the home.

There is a bright red advertisement on the road from Tacloban airport to the town. It has a photograph of a woman with pale skin and red lipstick and it reads: ‘Give a woman the right colour lipstick and she can conquer the world.’

As in most countries,…


Added by Tamsin Smith on November 2, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Diagnostic tool on social norms tested in Bangladesh

Caption: In this photo, Pushpita Saha is using the picture of a women to ask participants general questions around what makes a good woman (differentiated by age/marital status). A similar exercise is also done to explore what makes a good man. Asking respondents what the…


Added by on October 25, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Integrating behavioural change to accelerate women's economic empowerment

For development interventions to be successful we rely on people to behave and choose in certain ways. For example, for new advanced agricultural practices to provide benefits, farmers must adopt and use them.…


Added by Resy Vermeltfoort on October 6, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

5 ways to promote women’s economic empowerment in small rural enterprises

Investing in rural SMEs that promote women’s empowerment

Investing in small rural enterprises in developing countries is extremely challenging.  A commitment to women’s empowerment may add to this complexity as investment candidates need…


Added by Fabian Llinares on September 26, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Empower a woman and a whole cocoa community will thrive

Women’s group leader and cocoa farmer Gladys from Ghana

Do you know where chocolate comes from? Do you wonder who produced the cocoa in your chocolate and under what circumstances? Do you care if the chocolate you buy is sourced in a responsible way, with equal access and opportunity for women?

Without cocoa there is no chocolate, and without the next generation of cocoa farmers there is no cocoa. To create a sustainable supply chain, we need to transform the lives and livelihoods of cocoa growing…


Added by on September 19, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

How businesses can tackle the social norms that limit women

Across the world, women make a significant contribution to global supply chains, in spite of complex hurdles that limit their inclusion and their leadership. How can businesses make it easier for women to fulfil their potential? Claudia Canepa shares some ideas from Oxfam’s private sector partnerships.

The UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLP) recently…


Added by Claudia Canepa on September 13, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Measuring Social Norms on WEE Programmes: Lessons from Itad’s Work in Gender Equality

The role of social norms change in economically empowering women was a hot topic at the SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum earlier this year.

The event was opened by Professor…


Added by on September 6, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

A human economy for women and men

How can we build an economy that works for everyone? Fenella Porter explains why in order to conceptualise a truly ‘human’ economy we need to look at inequalities of gender as much as inequalities of wealth.

If the world turned upside down and we replaced all the women with men, and all the men with women, we still wouldn’t have gender equality.

This is because although there are many examples of women and men who have crossed the gender…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on July 26, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Does providing energy access improve the lives of women and girls? Sort of.

We’ve all see the photos of women and girls in developing countries carrying large bundles of wood on their backs, transporting the fuel they need over long distances in order to prepare meals for their families. Women are recognized to be more prone to the burdens of energy poverty because they’re responsible for tasks that would be made easier and safer if they had access to better energy sources, like liquid petroleum gas (LPG), modern cookstoves, and electricity.  These…


Added by Rebecca Rewald on July 3, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Cultivating Opportunities for Women in Agriculture

Tanzanian smallholder farmer Jaconda Chengula sits atop her maize harvest.

Women are essential contributors to agriculture around the world. In low-income countries, women make up approximately 40 percent of the agricultural labor force. Yet women often have less access than men to necessary resources, services, time, and markets, hindering their productivity. Findings from CGAP’s national…


Added by Caroline Ayes on June 28, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

A holistic approach to women’s economic empowerment

What does economic empowerment look like and how can it be achieved? Vincent Trousseau looks at examples from Oxfam’s programmes in Zambia and Morocco and introduces our new conceptual framework.

What is women’s economic empowerment?

Oxfam believes that effective economic empowerment for…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 27, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Trends on WEE: addressing systemic barriers, the new world of work and evidence of impact

The recent WEE Global Learning Forum was a unique opportunity to explore the trends on WEE and to learn from innovative initiatives implemented by development actors. This article gives some insights on our take-aways from the event!

Systemic barriers, including social norms freezing the expected roles of women and men, were high on the agenda and there appeared to be consensus amongst…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 14, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Women’s Economic Agency and Share Outs: Lessons from the Financial Diaries with Savings for Change Groups in El Salvador and Guatemala

Saving groups are intended to increase women’s resilience and financial assets, among other goals. A recent research looking at financial diaries uncovers surprising use of share-outs and opportunities for greater financial inclusion in Guatemala and El Salvador.

In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and Oxfam America, Microfinance Opportunities implemented a year-long Financial…


Added by Guy Stuart on June 6, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Shifting social norms at scale: Insights from the Practitioners' Learning Group

Facilitated by Oxfam and the SEEP Network, the Practitioners' Learning Group (PLG) on Shifting Social Norms in the Economy at Scale aims to better understand how to address social norms in the economy and create change at scale.

During the recent WEE Global Learning Forum, initial insights were shared with a wide audience during a particularly well attended session articulated around the following…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 2, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

How do we measure women’s empowerment?

Empowering women and supporting gender equality is the stated aim of many development projects. Often these projects are asked to monitor and evaluate the extent to which their work is contributing to achieving greater empowerment, but there is little guidance on how to do it. In this blog Simone Lombardini presents a new guide to measuring women’s empowerment in Oxfam projects, developed through five years of impact evaluations.

Since 2011,…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 1, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Addressing non-market constraints for sustained WEE - A theory of change

In her opening keynote to the WEE Global Learning Forum, Prof. Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics, presented a theory of change for sustainable women’s economic empowerment.

In this short interview, Prof. Naila Kabeer explains how this theory of change should address structural barriers, and provides some insights on how to translate this into a programmatic approach.…


Added by Vincent Trousseau on May 24, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

What is the role for the private sector in achieving systemic changes for WEE

Businesses are a key part of the equation for achieving WEE across the value chain. Ulrike Joras highlights some steps that the private sector is taking towards that aim and spells out the questions around their potential contribution to systemic changes.

Close to 1500 business leaders have joined the Women’s Empowerment Principles…


Added by Ulrike Joras on May 18, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Tackling the ‘last mile’ energy access challenge through women’s economic empowerment

Access to energy is critical for women’s economic empowerment: not only can it free up time for other economic activities, but it also offers opportunities to engage into new roles and gain control over economic decisions. Alessandra Moscadelli, from Energy 4 Impact, highlights some of the strategies to scale-up rural supply chains for last mile markets.



Added by Alessandra Moscadelli on May 11, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

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