Women remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation, which means that they often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and constitute a small minority of those in senior positions. It also curtails their access to economic assets such as land and loans.
UN Women works with partners to carry out programs that promote women’s ability to secure decent jobs, accumulate assets and influence institutions and public policies determining growth and development programs. These initiatives empower women to make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home, while also setting a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth.
Kenya: Since 2013, as a result of the UN Women-supported review of Kenyan public procurement, a minimum 30% of annual government spending is reserved for women, youth and people with disabilities. UN Women assists women entrepreneurs and women’s associations in Kenya to take advantage of the opportunities unleashed by this regulation. In collaboration with its partners, it also supported training of 1,500 women entrepreneurs and is are now taking the training to the county level.
Nepal: UN Women’s longstanding work with migrant women workers in Nepal has resulted in the creation of a network of returning migrant women workers and legislation that has cemented rights and regulations that provide protection for the country’s 2.7 million migrant workers. It also supported preparation of the Foreign Employment Policy, which includes a separate section focusing on the rights of women domestic workers.
To learn more about how UN Women empowers women to boost economies see the 2016 annual report.