The wider systemic constraints vary from country to country, so there isn’t one right answer. However, key barriers include access to finance, discriminatory legal frameworks, lower human capital, care work, gender-based violence and social norms that exclude women from the most productive occupations and sectors.
Businesses can take action to address these, both themselves and in partnerships. We’ve already heard about employers providing transport to work for example, which can help to overcome barriers such as social stigmas around women working outside the home and concerns about women’s safety.
Hester le Roux said:
Thank you for all those contributions. Let us now move on to our final question:
SESSION 2, Q4: Which actions should companies take (possibly in partnership with governments/donors/civil society) to tackle wider systemic constraints to women’s empowerment, such as access to finance?