The economic empowerment of women is an important component of pro-poor development programs and activities, and of the need to mainstream gender across the whole range of development interventions. It requires the removal of gender discrimination in economic development policies and ensuring equal access to all opportunities as a women’s right.
Gender economic empowerment also requires positive actions and empowerment strategies targeting both women and men to challenge and change gender injustice—in individual attitudes and behavior within the household, in communities and markets, and at the level of national and international policies.
The regional networks, particularly INAFI Asia, collaborated with Oxfam Novib in implementing the Women’s Empowerment Mainstreaming and Networking (WEMAN) for Gender Justice in Economic Development.
Goals of WEMAN
- Empowerment, improvement, and sustainability in livelihoods for women, their families, and their communities, particularly those from low-income and vulnerable groups.
- Mainstreaming gender justice in economic development interventions and institutions, including financial services, decision-making, and livelihood/market/value chain development and economic policy.