Contexualizing economic pathways to women’s empowerment: findings from a multi-country study

Pathways Policy Paper October 2011

A number of key findings emerged from our research. While our surveys confirmed the      overall importance of women’s access to paid work for improvements in different aspects of their lives in the very differing contexts under study, they also stressed the importance of the quality of paid work in achieving these improvements. In all three locations, women in formal/semi-formal paid work were generally more likely than economically inactive women to report positive outcomes in relation to a range of indicators measuring decision-making roles, political participation and attitudes. They were also more mobile outside the home in Egypt and Bangladesh, contexts where, as we noted, there are restrictions on women’s public mobility………

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