An Economy That Works For Women: Achieving Women’s Economic Empowerment In An Increasingly Unequal World


This report looks at how the economic model, neoliberalism, constrains women’s economic empowerment in three main ways: Neoliberal policies have led to poor labour rights and low pay, where countries are pursuing economic development strategies that prioritize cheap and precarious work, the majority of which is done by women; Unpaid care work has failed to be recognized and valued for its contribution to the economy, where current economic policies have undermined investment in infrastructure and public services like education, healthcare and social protection, meaning women have increased responsibility for unpaid care work; Women’s collective voice and influence on economic decision making is hampered by restrictions placed on labour organizing and undue influence of the richest in society over economic policy.

Download the report below, or read the original by Oxfam here