Does female economic empowerment promote development?

PEGNet Policy Brief, 17

“For every 10 men, only 7 women enter in the labour market. Once women enter the labour market, they confront worse conditions. Women earn 24 percent less than men for comparable work, are more likely be employed in the informal sector and are less likely to occupy leadership positions.” 

These – and many more – persisting inequalities women face while entering the labor market, make female economic empowerment a major policy objective for international organisations, local governments, non-profit organisations, researchers, and private companies. However, female economic empowerment should not only tackle those inequalities itself but it is also considered a key element to end poverty and boost economic prosperity.

The 17th PEGNet Policy Brief titled “Does female economic empowerment promote development?” examines this connection between female economic empowerment and development. The Policy Brief that has been authored by Pooja Balasubramanian, Marcela Ibanez, Sarah Khan, Soham Sahoo is now available at the following link:


PEGNet Policy Brief 17