Our programmatic notes examine how women's economic empowerment (WEE) programmes can generate a 'double boon' – paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities - and make recommendations for specific programmes in each site.
Empowerment Programming and Unpaid Care Work: Learning from 30 years of the Self Employed Women’s Association in Madhya Pradesh (SEWA MP)India, August 2017
Making Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) More Care-ResponsiveIndia, August 2017
Care Responsiveness of Livelihoods Programming: The Enterprise Development Programme, Oxfam Nepal Nepal, June 2017
Making Karnali Employment Programme More Care-ResponsiveNepal, June 2017
ActionAid's Food Security and Economic Empowerment Programme in Muko Sector, Northern Rwanda: Guidelines for Achieving the Double BoonRwanda, August 2017
Making Rwanda's Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme Public Works Care-ResponsiveRwanda, October 2017
National reports provide an overview of the research findings for each country with recommendations and lessons for state and non-state actors in how to make women's economic empowerment optimal.
'My Work Never Ends': Women Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work in IndiaIndia, October 2017
A Trapeze Act: Women Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work in NepalNepal, October 2017
IDS working papers from the research, presenting work in progress and interim findings from the work.
A desk review and consultation with experts to identify and typologise Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) programmes and policies in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia was undertaken to assess the extent to which empowerment interventions have integrated care and how they contribute to the potential of a 'double boon' or 'double burden'.
Conceptualisation of WEE programmes is done alone three lines of stratification:
- Provision of paid work: public works, entrepreneurship
- Facilitation of paid work: education, training, savings
- Enabling environment: structural issues such as legislation, frameworks and collective action
Conceptualising women’s economic empowerment
This paper, ‘Conceptualising women’s economic empowerment: the importance of care’ was presented on the panel, ‘Social Reproduction, Care and Women’s Economic Empowerment: New Framing and Research to support Claimsmaking’, at the 24th IAFFE conference in Berlin from 16-18 July 2015. The panel, which was organised by the Institute of Development Studies, included papers from the Institute as well as international partners – Oxfam and ActionAid – and leading scholars, such as Professors Ruth Pearson and Rhys Jenkins. The panel addressed the complex links between social reproduction and care, and the economic empowerment of women and girls. It highlighted exciting new proposals in framing and gathering evidence on care to support claims making with State and private sector actors. Papers explored how literature has conceptualised women’s economic empowerment and whether it has taken sufficient account of the care economy; inequalities in women’s work that perpetuate the care crisis; factors and conditions influencing positive change in household care provision; making claims in specific contexts for the recognition, reduction or redistribution of care work; and taxation and the reproductive bargain in the era of globalisation.
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