Why does women’s economic empowerment matter?

Although women and men contribute equally to the well-being of society, albeit in different forms and in different ways, women still face inequalities in the labour market. Obviously, the situation is different on a global scale, and it is not possible to compare democratic states with autocratic states where women’s unequal status is linked to cultural or religious traditions. Nevertheless, the topic of women’s economic empowerment is still relevant worldwide.

If you are interested in this issue in more depth, we invite you to join our e-learning platform, where you can study the module entitled Women’s economic empowerment at your own pace and at a time that suits you.

There you will learn more about:

  • What are the limitations and barriers that women face due to their unequal position at the labour market?
  • What are the positive effects of women’s economic empowerment?
  • What are the tools to support women’s economic empowerment?
  • Who are the possible agents of change and how they can become active?
  • How can entrepreneurship support women’s economic empowerment?

Women’s economic empowerment is a topic that resonates across different spheres – in politics, social, economic, cultural, sport and many other areas. This is evidenced by the active involvement of many well-known personalities who support equal opportunities for men and women:

“Gender equality must become a lived reality.” – Michelle Bachelet (former President of Chile)

“Gender equality is more successful than armed force.” – Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (Spanish politician)

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.” – Gloria Steinem (American journalist)

“A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given. A woman is human.” – Vera Nazarian (Armenian-Russian American writer)

There is no single right answer to achieving gender equality. However, it is absolutely crucial to highlight inequalities and bring them as important topics for debate in the public sphere. Real change requires not only systemic changes in policies and infrastructure, but also a change in our mindset. Without involving men more into child and family care, a shift of the traditional family-paradigm cannot be effectively achieved. Moreover, without considering the overall historical, societal, economic and country-specific contexts of each community, we cannot introduce measures which will actually lead to long-lasting and efficient changes.

Join us to learn more about women’s economic empowerment. In the e-learning module, you will not only find deeper analysis of the issue, but also interactive exercises and methodological materials for adult educators.

by AVITEUM‘s team

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