Poverty, work and employment
Can the benefits of women’s economic empowerment be enhanced through engaging men to achieve gender equitable relations at the household level? Research in Rwanda by CARE and Instituto Promundo has shown that discriminatory gender roles influence the way in which the benefits of a Village Savings and Loans scheme are used, with financial decision-making within the household still being domina
The construct of the ‘feminisation of poverty’ has helped to give gender an increasingly prominent place within international discourses and policies on poverty and poverty reduction. Yet the way in which gender has been incorporated has rarely relieved women of the burden of coping with poverty in their households and has often exacerbated this.
Why should masculinity be considered in the theory and practice of micro-credit initiatives? Sharecropper women in Bangladesh have expressed the significance of their subordination within the multiple male-ordered spheres of extended family and village community.
The informalisation and irregularity of work, and the feminisation of the global labour force are two critical outcomes of globalisation.
Patterns of economic growth differ in quantity and quality of employment. This, in turn, shapes women’s and men’s prospects of finding work that provides good terms and conditions. This paper reviews evidence on globalisation has impacted the real economy, in terms of employment and social conditions of work for women and men across a wide range of countries.
What do we know about men’s practices and attitudes related to gender equality and work? What are men’s experiences of work? What are men and women’s reactions to unemployment? The social relations of work and (un)employment are deeply interconnected with gender relations.
What is the relationship between unemployment and disempowerment for men in East Africa? How does this influence the construction of male identity and behaviour? What does this mean for the empowerment of women?
Issues of poverty, gender inequalities and health intersect, reinforce and perpetuate each other constructing complex barriers to the empowerment of women and girls. The way in which these issues manifest as economic inequalities, HIV infection and intimate partner violence are of significant concern in the South African context.
This story of change pulls out the key findings and messages from EMERGE case study 2, which explores the work of Nijera Kori - a national social movement in Bangladesh fighting for economic and gender justice.