Women’s economic empowerment interventions and the disruption of gender norms
August 25, 2015
Women’s economic empowerment facilitates new models of behaviour, and incorporates a “broad spectrum of approaches and tools, including livelihoods, enterprise development, microfinance, and women’s economic leadership programmes”.
This article discusses the research on women’s economic empowerment interventions, including their effect on division of labour, household gender dynamics, control of assets, and decision-making. The point is made that interventions such as these must promote female empowerment in a way that minimises any “unintended negative impacts” on women, such as domestic violence.