Creating an economy that works for women - webinar - 21 February 2017

21 February 2017, 2pm

Women continue to face economic disadvantage – whether through low wages, insecure and unsafe jobs, unequal access to social protection or a heavy unpaid care and domestic workload. Attempts to promote women’s economic empowerment are taking place in the context of significant changes in the world of work – including the emergence of the gig economy, the increased spread of technology, and a rise in informal work. Progress is further limited by economic policies which reinforce the undervaluation and marginalisation of women’s paid and unpaid work. What would a 21st century economy that empowers women look like? Can new trends such as the gig economy provide the kinds of jobs women need? What does it take to lift women’s unpaid care burdens?

Ahead of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), we have joined with the Overseas Development Institute to organise this webinar exploring what needs to change to make the economy work for women. It seeks to identify concrete proposals for government action which can be taken to the CSW in March in New York.

Speakers:

James Heintz – Associate Director, Political Economy Research Institute, and Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dinah Musindarwezo – Executive Director, The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)
Dr. Purna Sen – Director of Policy, UN Women
Jessica Woodroffe – Director, Gender and Development Network

Chair - Abigail Hunt – Senior Research Officer and gender lead, Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme, ODI

For more information and to register for this webinar, click here. We look forward to having you join us!

renu bala uses a tablet to contact buyers and keep track of market information. photo: abir abdullah/oxfam

renu bala uses a tablet to contact buyers and keep track of market information. photo: abir abdullah/oxfam