There is something so exciting about seeing the tangible difference that can be made in communities and societies when women are empowered. We talk a lot about the importance of empowering women but does it actually make a difference? Yes, yes and YES!
A panel discussion was recently held in London to talk about ways that the private sector and development partners can take forward the recommendations of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Three key questions about women’s economic empowerment were asked at this panel discussion and one of these was, what is the most critical thing we should do if we want to see gender equality and empowerment for all women? The answer? Almost 68% of respondents recognised the need for cross sector partnership. What does that mean when the rubber meets the road? It simply looks like governments, companies and civil societies working TOGETHER, in partnership to address this.
Simple right? But it's absolutely something we need to keep talking about and addressing in the areas that we each work and have influence in, if we are ever to see global change in this area.
As a business, that's why we at Wanderlust Peopleare so passionate about supporting the handicraft industry. Why? Because it allows women to work from home, earn a fair wage and make money from traditional industries. It might sound basic but for a woman living on the poverty line, it can be quite literally life-changing for her and her family.
We have a long way to go as a global community - but that's why we HAVE to keep talking about it! To encourage you in the areas you might work in, have a quick look at this fantastic video from Care International which looks at some of the very real impacts of empowering women in the economy.