This track will explore how gender relations – the relation of power between men and women – are a critical factor in women’s economic empowerment and influence resilience strategies at the household and community levels. The committee is interested in exploring gender approaches around: increasing investment in the face of risk; strategies for risk reduction; facilitating risk preparedness; and responding positively and proactively when a shock hits.
Changing Social Norms to Engage Young Women in the Technology Sector
Chaired by International Youth Foundation
How do we effectively remove barriers restricting young women to fields with a lower earning potential? In this interactive session, participants will experience being part of a girls' focus group to identify key decision points, norms and gatekeepers while also hearing from NGOs and the private sector about scalable approaches to achieve this goal and shift norms about women's work. Based on a systems change program from Guadalajara, Mexico, participants will learn about a new tool to identify young women's perceptions of expectations, norms and barriers as they start making economic decisions.
Breaking Barriers: A Transformative Approach for Young Female Entrepreneurs
Chaired by VSO
Women generate nearly 40 percent of the world's GDP. However, women's entrepreneurship involves considerable risks, hard work and enormous sacrifices. This session will showcase a tailored business development services approach enabling female business leaders to reach their full potential, in turn creating opportunities for others in their supply chains and through employment. The Tanzania Women's Chamber of Commerce, a national strategic partner, will highlight the learnings from this gender transformational approach to business. Rose, a successful youth entrepreneur will share how she and other 1,150 female entrepreneurs are breaking barriers in the business world.
Innovative Strategies to Maximize Resilience in Women's Economic Empowerment
Chaired by Women for Women International
This session will actively engage participants in three expert-led round tables focused on practical approaches that maximize women's economic empowerment, reduce risks and improve resilience.
We will discuss and debate on:
After an introduction to the approach, participants will discuss replication and scaling up, any contextual adaptations and ways to maximize resilience. We are excited to have you join us.
Agency for Women and Girls as a Path Toward Resilience
Chaired by BRAC
Agency is a critical tool to build resilience for women and girls, enabling them to become active decision makers in their lives and enhancing their ability to respond to and cope with shocks. At this session, you can expect to hear from two organizations as they share their approaches to build resilience through agency that have been implemented in multiple country contexts. Panelists will share evidence from an adolescent safe space program and a village savings and loan association (VSLA). Together, we will also preview results from J-PAL's upcoming literature review on women's agency.
What Women in Humanitarian Contexts Have to Say About Economic Empowerment and Resilience
Chaired by International Rescue Committee
With forced migration on the rise, fragile and conflict-affected settings have the greatest need to strengthen resilience. Women living under these conditions face increased economic burdens and greater threats of violence and exploitation. We are well aware that women's economic empowerment is critical to enhancing resilience, but very little is known about the exceptional barriers facing displaced women as well as defining and measuring success in their context. This session will explore methods and lessons from consultations with displaced women on their perception of economic empowerment in order to better understand the nature of the challenges and inform better programmatic and policy solutions.