March 2021 Special Issue: Women's Economic Empowerment

Throughout March, PEP will be highlighting our ongoing work on the subject of women's economic empowerment through a variety of activities and publications. Find out more about PEP's work on Gender and Women's Empowerment

Twitter Chat:
Policies to Reduce Gender Inequalities

March 10 | 12 noon UTC

Join PEP Research Fellows from around the world on March 10 for a Twitter chat about Policies to Reduce Gender Inequalities - Evidence from the Global South. #GenderEqualityGSouth

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Webinar: Energy for Empowerment
March 12 | 1 p.m. UTC

Join two PEP research teams to discuss how to increase rural electrification in a way that works for women in rural West Africa.

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Webinar: Investing in Women
March 26 | 1 p.m. UTC

Join three PEP research teams from sub-Saharan Africa to discuss how investing in women can improve their employment.

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Increasing women’s access to farm land can improve food security,
productivity, and welfare in Nigeria

Nigeria’s agricultural production cannot keep up with the country's population growth, threatening food security. Women’s low participation and contribution to the agricultural sector have been cited as part of the reason for the sector’s underperformance. Despite women providing over 70% of agricultural labour in Nigeria, they face a variety of constraints to their productivity. A team of local PEP researchers found that land reforms to increase women’s access to agricultural lands are the best policy option to boost agricultural productivity, food security, and welfare in line with the objectives of Nigeria’s National Food Security Program.

Find out more in the PEP Policy Brief No. 229

Over half of PEP projects inform policy advisory, debates and decisions, including on matters of women’s empowerment.
These include:

A Ministry representative in Burkina Faso stated PEP policy recommendations would inform changes to the current agricultural subsidy program to make sure that it benefits women.

PEP research on credit access for women entrepreneurs spurred high-level policy discussions and informed the World Bank's Memorandum of the Cameroon Economy in 2015.

Findings from a PEP study informs the design of microcredit programs for women entrepreneurs (2015) in Nigeria.

PEP research on the impact of trade policies on women's employment assimilated to inform decisions and practices in General Directorate for Planning and Economic Policy in Senegal.

Policymakers and advisors in Uruguay declare will to use PEP findings on the impact of new labour policy for domestic workers to inform national and regional labour policy debates.

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