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. 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.