To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals it is critical to unlock women’s untapped economic potential and account for their wider contributions to society. This must go hand in hand with promoting women's empowerment, dignity and self-reliance. Doing so is of direct and urgent relevance to the ambitions that underpin the SDGs related to: ending poverty; achieving gender equality; achieving full employment and decent work for all; and reducing inequality.
This collection of ESRC-DFID-funded research explores the need for holistic social protection measures that move beyond a framing of poverty alleviation as primarily being about access to the traditional labour market and cash transfers to include measures that empower women and support them in juggling household and caring responsibilities for children and other family members. It draws on research from Bangladesh, Malawi, Lesotho, South Africa and Rwanda.
Principal Investigator: Naila Kabeer. Lead Organistion: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Co-investigators: James Heintz (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Simeen Mahmud (BRAC University)