Key issues guide on women at work: understanding the social norms that restrict women's access to paid work

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One of the key narratives in discussions about gender and development has been the potential of increasing women’s access to paid work as a strategy for poverty alleviation.
 
Much of this discussion has centred on the need to shift cultural and social norms – the unwritten rules of societies that currently restrict how they find work and what types of employment they can access.
 
Recent synthesis of evidence from more than 10 years of research funded by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation provides some useful insights into how emerging opportunities for women to enter paid employment interact with these social norms in traditionally conservative contexts.

Women at work: understanding the social norms that restrict women's access to paid work

 

 
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