Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

A Statement from NAWO – CSW 61

Work provides women with the opportunity to develop their capacities to create and develop
intellect, to contribute to the advancement of society, to influence positive change as well as to
provide and care for others. It is not merely an economic transaction.

Globally the work place, wherever that is sited, does not provide even viable subsistence for the
majority of women, nor does it contribute to individual or community well being. There is a crisis
in the current economic system with large segments of the population – women and girls key
amongst them – exploited and marginalised. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and
the Sustainable Development Goals provides the world with a remarkable opportunity to create
new economic thinking and relationships that develop cooperation and reciprocity that leave no
one behind.

The current flows of goods, services, capital and labour benefit a few at the expense of many. It
has led to the mass destruction of the environment; the exploitation of vulnerable sectors of
society: the impoverishment, disruption and dislocation of families and communities; and the
disappearance of diversified and ecologically sustainable agriculture. As it is often women who
are primarily engaged in this work, they are disproportionately affected by these trends. Women
and girls have been structurally marginalized by the current system and entrenched patterns of
discrimination, unsustainable development practices, climate change, and violence against women
have increased the burden they bear. The economic empowerment of women cannot be achieved
simply by increasing the strength of current processes and systems. A fundamental re-orientation
of the global economic system is required.

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