GADN's Women's Economic Justice working group recently made a submission to the International Development Select Committee Inquiry on DFID's Economic Development Strategy.
The group welcomes the Strategy's commitments to women's economic empowerment and to leaving no-one behind, but the submission highlights structural barriers which the Strategy must take into account if it is to deliver on its commitments.
These include the areas of:
- job creation and decent work
- unpaid care work
- domestic resource mobilisation
- supporting women's collective voice and agency
- international trade
- the role of international financial institutions in meaningfully supporting women's economic empowerment
The submission contends that DFID's Economic Development Strategy must go further in setting out how DFID will seek to address these structural barriers for all women, and ensure its approach is rights-based and gender-responsive.