A woman distributes cassava cuttings while others plant them on on July 12, 2017 in Nigeria. © STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images
A woman distributes cassava cuttings while others plant them on on July 12, 2017 in Nigeria. © STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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Gender norms and women’s economic empowerment in low-income countries: What we learned by reviewing the evidence

Author: H. Elizabeth Peters, Shirley Adelstein, Robert Abare
Published by: Urban Institute
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Women around the world face barriers to participating in the labour force, especially in traditionally male-dominated sectors. Addressing these barriers in low-income countries can improve both women’s well-being and the countries’ entire economies (PDF). This blog, by the Urban Institute, looks at qualitative studies of women’s labour force participation and upward mobility, focusing on studies of the higher-productivity, male-dominated sectors of commercial agriculture, mining, and trade from 18 low-income countries, mostly those in sub-Saharan Africa, but also in East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.