Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality in the Workforce

Event Round-up: Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality in the Workforce – Feminist In Context 6/6

Key speaker: Lovina Akuben Itse I Date: 24th August, 2023

Key Message:

In the concluding installment of “Feminist In Context” on August 24, 2023, speaker Lovina Akuben Itse explored the crucial nexus of economic empowerment and gender equality in the workforce. Economic empowerment, in the context of gender equality, involves breaking down structural barriers and societal norms that restrict the economic participation of women and gender-diverse individuals. It’s about granting equal access to economic resources, opportunities, and decision-making power, ultimately reducing gender-based disparities in working environments. This empowerment not only has the potential to uplift families and communities from poverty but also contributes to a country’s overall economic growth, ensuring that talent is harnessed without discrimination. Achieving gender equality and building a more just and prosperous society hinge on economic empowerment, as it addresses historical economic inequalities and structural obstacles that have adversely affected women.

Key Takeaways:

  • Economic empowerment, intertwined with gender equality, means granting women and gender-diverse individuals equal access to economic resources, opportunities, and decision-making power.
  • It reduces gender-based disparities at work, alleviates poverty, stimulates overall economic growth, and ensures equal economic and legal rights for women.
  • Progress toward gender equality has been facilitated by initiatives like equal pay laws, affirmative action policies, paid parental leave, flexible work arrangements, diversity and inclusion programs, advancement support, and leadership quotas for women.

 

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