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Choices, Chances and Safety in Crisis: A Model For Women’s Economic Empowerment

Authored by: Daphne Jayasinghe

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Economic Participation, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Violent Conflict
Region: No Region
Year: 2019
Citation: Jayasinghe, Daphne. Choices, Chances and Safety in Crisis: A Model For Women’s Economic Empowerment. International Rescue Committee, 2019.

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Executive Summary

Women are more likely to live in poorer households globally than men. Countries where this is evident are predominantly fragile or conflict-affected. In order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure no one is left behind, women’s economic empowerment must be prioritized and resourced in crisis contexts.

This report discusses the impact of crisis on women’s economic empowerment and the limitations of recent responses. It proposes a practical model for increasing women’s safety as well as their use and control of resources in crisis contexts. It outlines the preconditions that must be met to genuinely transform harmful gender norms and empower women economically along with examples from IRC’s work. It concludes with recommendations for governments, international actors and the humanitarian sector.