building blocks of
In 2014, a report was published on 31 of the largest privately-funded women’s economic empowerment programmes at that time. The report included eight building blocks which highlight the multiple and inter-locking structural barriers women face when striving to ensure equal economic participation and opportunities within their communities. A strategic framework was also included to help organisations design women’s economic resilience programmes to overcome these barriers. The only way to achieve a sustainable, impactful and equitable economic empowerment for women is taking all these blocks into consideration.
Additional studies and reports
Several additional studies and reports found similar findings to the structural barriers women face, including:
- McKinsey Global Institute (2015). Power of Parity.
- International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
- Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) (2016). Building Effective Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategies.
- UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Creating long-lasting social and economic value
Why should you partner with women’s fund and women’s organisations? As the gender experts in their context, they are best equipped with the know-how of using holistic approaches to address women’s economic resilience. Therefore, partnering with women’s funds and women’s organisations will create lasting social and economic value. Furthermore, they are:
Trusted, Strategic and Culturally Grounded
They have wide-reaching networks in their communities and intimate awareness of the cultural, social, political and religious obstacles to creating long-lasting change.
Offer a Holistic View
They have a deep understanding of the multi-faceted issues that can affect the ability of women and girls to become full participants in their economy and society.
They bring extensive experience advocating for change and building support in local and national politics and legal systems.
They offer highly efficient service provision, operating within the cost structure of their home country.