Women’s Economic Empowerment

A Review of Evidence on Enablers and Barriers

Authored by: H. Elizabeth Peters, Nan Marie Astone, and Ammar A. Malik, et al.

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Economic Participation, Human Development, Political Transitions
Region: No Region
Year: 2016
Citation: Peters, Elizabeth H., Nan Marie Astone, Ammar A. Malik, Fenohasina Maret Rakotondrazaka, and Caroline Heller. Women's Economic Empowerment: A Review of Evidence on Enablers and Barriers. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 2016. .

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Executive Summary

This rapid evidence review summarizes the evidence that women’s economic empowerment (WEE) promotes economic growth, firm productivity, and human development. It also reviews the key enablers and barriers to WEE. The review follows strict criteria regarding the rigor of studies included in this review, noting inconsistencies in the scale and quality of evidence on key questions about WEE. It draws on this evidence to distill key findings to support the United Nations High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment’s priority setting and make recommendations for policy interventions or important topics requiring further research.