Women, work and economic empowerment

Rubina Khatun drops her and neighbours’ children to the Mobile Creche on the outskirts of delhi, India, before heading to work on a construction site. Atul Loke ©ODI

There has been a great deal of interest in advancing women’s economic empowerment within the Sustainable Development Goals, recently bolstered by the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Recognition of the urgent need for improved data for achieving and monitoring sustainable development led to a rallying call for a ‘data revolution’ within the SDGs. As a result, several initiatives to better understand women’s lives – and ensure this evidence informs policymaking – are emerging.

To provide space for broader reflection and discussion, ODI is launching a new blog series featuring contributions from diverse stakeholders who produce and/or use gender data to give their perspectives on what is needed next to ensure that women’s experiences and preferences inform policymaking – notably those most at risk of being left behind. Please contact b.tritton@odi.org.uk if you would like to contribute to the series.

  1. Julie Ray, Gallup – Opposite sexes on the same side when it comes to women and work
  2. Alison Holder, Director of Equal Measures 2030 – More and better data needed to achieve women’s economic equality and rights
  3. Marty Chen and Joann Vanek, WIEGO Network – Why measuring women’s informal employment is both feasible and desirable
  4. Chiara Capraro – Why we need to change gender norms in our economies 
  5. Kathleen Noonan, Director, Philanthropies & Education Communications, Microsoft – Girls and STEM: why we cannot afford to wait
  6. Janet Hunt, Associate Professor, Australian National University – How can we know if women are being economically empowered?
  7. Carron Mann, Senior Manager for Policy and AdvocacyWomen for Women International UK – Diving deep: lessons from working with marginalised women survivors of conflict
  8.  Léa Fuiret, Junior Policy Analyst, OECD Development Centre – We need better data to support women’s economic empowerment
  9.  Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of FEMNET- African Women’s Development and Communication Network – Women’s economic empowerment misunderstood
  10. Kate Cooper, lead on Women’s Economic Empoerment at DFID – Work and Opportunites for Women – DFID’s data quest to support the High Level Panel on women’s economic empowerment committments
  11. Maria Tsirantonaki and Theo Morrissey, International Trade Union Confederation – A fresh look at old problems – the role of the SDG indicators in building women’s economic empowerment
  12. Alba Bautista, Program Officer and Gayatri Koolwal, Fellow, Data2X – Better data on women’s economic lives for better policy