Promoting inclusive business for women’s economic empowerment: A Discussion

April 26, 2015

“Inclusive business practices requires companies to be aware of their social and economic impact in the society, and understand the sustainable benefits of providing more opportunities for women in their value chain. Evidence shows that an increase in female labour force participation – or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation – results in faster economic growth (OECD, 2012). However, women continue to participate in labour markets on an unequal basis with men. In 2013, the male employment-to-population ratio stood at 72%, while the ratio for females was 47% (ILO, 2014).

• What incentives and enabling environment can governments create to promote more inclusive business and markets for women?
• What are effective strategies to support companies to empower women within their core business and across value chains?
• What are the challenges that agencies promoting inclusive business face to empower women? And how to overcome them?”

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