Other Articles of Interest

Women's empowerment in global value chains: Framework for business action

BSR, september 2016

Women are an essential part of global value chains. As raw material producers, small-business owners, executives, retail workers, and consumers, women help businesses succeed and grow. Yet women continue to face barriers to achieve their full potential at work, in the marketplace, and in many other aspects of life. This not only holds women back, it impairs the growth of businesses, economies, and communities. Empowering women in global value chains presents a unique opportunity to create business value and strengthen women’s health, rights, and wellbeing. This report aims to help unlock business opportunities that advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of women in global value chains. 

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality (WE3) Whole-System-In-A-Room (WSR) USAID Workshop Highlights Report

Elise Young, FHI 360, March 2016

The WE3 USAID Workshop Highlights Report includes the purpose, activities, and outputs from the two-day event that took place in March 2016. It includes suggested WE3 definitions, principles and recommendations to USAID leadership.  It also includes sectoral action plans, overviews of panels and presentations and a full contact list of participants.

Violence against Women costs Peruvian Businesses Billions Every Year

GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

To encourage the private sector to become engaged in gender-based violence prevention in companies and communities, the German development organization, GIZ, in partnership with the University of San Martin de Porres, conducted a study in Peru to determine the economic impact of GBV on businesses.   Among other findings, it concluded that overall, gender-based violence caused “a loss of 3.7% of GDP – over $6.7 billion, due to 70 million days of missed work.” 

Mongolia’s economic crisis: an end to corporate social responsibility?

Bolor Legjeem, Mongolian Women's fund, December 2015

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    Photo by Mongolian Women's Fund (MONES), all rights reserved

Photo by Mongolian Women's Fund (MONES), all rights reserved

Bolor Legjeem, Program Director at Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES), discusses corporate engagement in a country facing a severe economic crisis. The article articulates MONES’ experience building a new corporate networking strategy, learning from other women’s funds, and utilizing resources to offer an equal partnership that is mutually beneficial to both sides.

To End Poverty, Eliminate Gender-Based Violence

World Bank, November 2015

Gender-based Violence is not only a grave social issue, but one with economic consequences that contribute to ongoing poverty. On a global scale, violence affects the economy, costs businesses, and prevents millions from fulfilling their professional potential. Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director at the World Bank, explains the role that social norms play in perpetuating violence against women and how the World Bank is working to eliminate this social ill.

McKinsey's Gender Parity Report reinforces the need for an integrated approach for the economic empowerment of women to have a truly transformative effect on their lives or a sustainable impact on business. 

The report finds that a "full potential" scenario, in which women participate in society equally with men, "would add up to $28 trillion, or 26 percent, to annual global GDP by 2025 compared with a business-as-usual scenario" - roughly equivalent to the size of the U.S. and Chinese economies today.

More important, the report finds "a strong link between gender equality in society, attitudes and beliefs about the role of women, and gender equality in work" and notes that "the latter is not achievable without the former two elements."  

The report summary concludes: "tackling gender inequality will require change within businesses as well as new coalitions. The private sector will need to play a more active role in concert with governments and nongovernmental organizations, and companies could benefit both directly and indirectly by taking action."

In May 2016, McKinsey Global Institute published a discussion paper, Delivering the Power of Parity: Toward a More Gender-equal Society, which provides an agenda for action and investment, quantifying the progress needed on the 15 gender-inequality indicators in the original report.

Getting to Equal measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. This report tracks a range of laws across countries that impact women’s participation in the economy, including laws relating to violence, proof of identity, ability to contract and own property, workforce participation and parental leave.

Advancing Women, Changing Lives: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E Program

Authors: International Center for Research on Women: Priya Nada, Anurag Mishra, Sunayana Walia, Shubh Sharma, Ellen Weiss and Jennifer Abrahamson, 2013

This report summarizes findings from program evaluations conducted by the
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) from 2009 - 2013 at six separate
factory sites where P.A.C.E. is implemented – two in India and one each in Cambodia, 
Vietnam, Bangladesh and China.

Research findings from these robust, multi-country evaluations demonstrate that P.A.C.E.
is an effective, sustainable and scalable model that yields high returns for women, their 
families and the businesses where they work. 

The results show that P.A.C.E. is changing many women's lives. They now have a more 
optimistic outlook on life and are better able to deal with challenges. They have a greater 
sense of self-worth, are able to express themselves with ease, can better manage their 
work and their personal lives, and have plans for the future that seemed out of reach 
before their participation in the program.