Paid work

There is a strong link between the amount of time that women and girls spend on unpaid care work and their economic empowerment. This link becomes stronger because of two reinforcing dynamics:
  1. Women face discrimination in the labour market
  2. The drudgery that is often involved in carrying out domestic responsibilities impacts on the health and wellbeing of women, further compromising their ability to participate in civil, economic, social and political spheres. 

Policy findings on paid work

A broader understanding of economic empowerment encompasses both the market economy and also the care economy that sustains it.

We have developed a policy briefing: Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work to Achieve Women's Economic Empowerment. The briefing looks at the interactions between the market and the household and the consequences of unpaid care work on the type, location and nature of paid work that women and girls can undertake, thereby impacting their economic empowerment. Further, it outlines policy actions that can help prevent women from being forced into making choices that have negative social, economic and political outcomes.

A broader notion of economic empowerment comprises both the market economy where women participate in the labour market, and the care economy which sustains and nurtures the market economy.