Gender economic equity: economic empowerment of rural women

OUTPUT TYPE: Policy briefs
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Williams, N.Bohler-Muller, B.Branisa, L.Cadenhead, C.Currie, G.Hijar, S.Seshadri Iyer, M.Magnelli, M.Thomas, H.Walbey
KEYWORDS: EMPOWERMENT, RURAL COMMUNITIES, WOMEN
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10514

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Abstract

To achieve the G20 member nation's objective, both individually and collectively, of achieving growth that is strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive, it is critical to enact policies and design programs that target and empower the large population of rural women. Promoting rural women's economic empowerment presents unique challenges that require multidimensional approaches to overcome. Evidence shows that narrow solutions, such as focusing on finance alone, are rarely effective (World Bank 2017). Empowering rural women economically will require at least as much investment in capacity building, institutions, and cultural change as much as in access to finance and markets.