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Trends in gender equality across the world suggest that there has been considerable progress on basic human capabilities of health and education that are conducive to women’s greater participation in the public domain. Yet, only 59 per cent of the global gender gap in economic opportunities had been closed by 2016. This evidence of slow progress has been accompanied by growing interest on the part of policymakers to promote women’s economic participation.
Interest in this issue has a long history among feminists who argue that access to secure and productive livelihoods not only improves women’s practical capacity to look after themselves and their families, but can provide an important pathway for their empowerment in different spheres of their lives.
In this presentation, Professor Naila Kabeer examines the usefulness of purposive efforts of policymakers to promote women’s livelihood capabilities. It will show what we can learn about women’s economic empowerment from efforts that have proved to be effective – as well as those that have not.
Naila Kabeer is Professor of Gender and Development at the London School of Economics. She will be in Canberra for the Seeds of Change Conference funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Naila Kabeer’s visit to Australia is sponsored by ACIAR and the University of Canberra as a keynote speaker at the ‘Seeds of Change’ conference. Join the conversation at #SeedsofChange19.
This event at Crawford School is co-hosted with the ANU Gender Institute, the University of Canberra and ACIAR.