Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. Women must be allowed to advance themselves and their communities without discrimination, exploitation, or gender-based violence. We believe that investing in young women and girls is one of the most effective means of transforming society. COCAWEU advances women’s economic empowerment by: Advocating for increased recognition, reduction and redistribution of women’s unpaid care work. Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development, pro-poor growth and at the same time it is about rights and equitable societies.
Women’s economic participation and empowerment is a fundamental to strengthening women’s rights and enabling women to have control over their lives and their children and exert influence in society. This program is about creating just and equitable societies. Women often face discrimination and persistent gender inequalities, with some women experiencing multiple discrimination and exclusion because of factors such as ethnicity or caste. Increasing the role of women in the economy is part of the solution to the financial and economic crises and critical for economic resilience and growth. However, at the same time, we need to be mindful that women are in some contexts bearing the costs of recovering from the crisis, with the loss of jobs, poor working conditions and increasing precariousness.