Women—and men—participating in, contributing to, and benefiting from economic growth are essential for transforming the lives of poor and marginalized women and girls. We know that this requires changes in decision-making and leadership, more equitable policies, laws, and norms, and better access to financial and productive assets. We also know this means changing decision-making in households, communities, markets, and state institutions. That’s why, over the course of 2019, our foundation refined its work on women’s economic empowerment. Our strategy focuses on deepening women’s agency and organizing through women’s empowerment collectives; understanding and addressing harmful gender norms; removing barriers to employment; advancing policies for decent, equitable, and flexible work opportunities; closing gaps in women’s entrepreneurship; and expanding girls’ voices, choices, and paths to economic autonomy. Underpinning this work, we have invested in strengthening what aspects of an individual’s life get measured and how it's done to build a more complete picture of women’s and girls’ lives. Finally, to ensure policies and programs for gender equality are rooted in women’s lived experiences, we continue to invest in grassroots advocacy to build political will and put gender equality at the top of the agenda for citizens and governments.
Deputy Director, Gender Equality