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Deconstructing Five Common Myths about Childcare in Africa
October 24, 2023
When discussing the connection between early childhood care (ECC) and women’s economic empowerment with policymakers, donors, and practitioners, we often come across five pervasive misconceptions dismissing the case for investing in ECC in Africa. Our research, however, tells a different story. We f...
Advancing Women's and Girls' Empowerment: US Strategy and Funding Announcements on the International Day of the Girl
October 16, 2023
On October 11th, the US Department of State’s Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI), in partnership with the Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy and the Office of Global Youth Issues, hosted a series of events in celebration of the International Day of the Girl (IDG). The co...
Amplifying the Global Care Agenda: Highlights from the Women Deliver Care Economy Pre-Conference in Kigali, Rwanda
October 16, 2023
Today we have released an in-depth synopsis of the Pre-Conference to share the phenomenal breadth of knowledge, ideas, and actions that emerged across the spectrum of issues that fall under the care economy umbrella. The following summary condenses the main takeaways from that document and the rich ...
What Does it Take to Build Girls’ Economic Potential?
October 11, 2023
Today as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, I’m excited to see increased attention turning towards one dimension of girls’ wellbeing that policymakers, donors, researchers, and advocates have historically shied away from discussing – economic empowerment. Efforts to support girls have t...
Targets, Quotas, and Innovative Approaches towards Greater Representation in Leadership at the European Investment Bank
October 06, 2023
Diversity and inclusion improve the quality, relevance, and credibility of development policy. International financial institutions (IFIs) recognize that gender equality in leadership results in better policy making, with all IFIs establishing DEI offices and releasing DEI reports that emphasize the...
CGD Podcast: Elevating Women and People of Color to IFI Leadership with Amie Batson and Francisco Ferreira
October 05, 2023
Only one woman born and raised in a low- or middle-income country has ever headed an international financial institution. CGD's Eeshani Kandpal speaks with Francisco Ferreira from the London School of Economics and Amie Batson from WomenLift Health about what effective mentorship and allyship can lo...
A Call to Action on Gender Equality: Looking Beyond the G20 New Delhi Summit
September 18, 2023
Among the many achievements, the G20 leaders’ commitment to gender equality was remarkable for their focus and breadth of coverage. The declaration focused on women-led development and women’s economic empowerment, recognizing the wide gaps in male and female employment and labor force participation...
Don’t Ignore Social Norms when Designing Parental Leave Policies
September 08, 2023
As the G20 India Summit approaches, India is taking a central seat on the global stage. While much attention will focus on India’s positive economic accomplishments, some of the spotlight will inevitably be on the country’s slow advances on women’s economic empowerment. On paper, India’s family-frie...
Advancing Care and Movement Building in Africa: Insights, Challenges, and Opportunities
August 25, 2023
On July 16, leading up to the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, the Center for Global Development, Women Deliver, the Asia Foundation, WeProsper Coalition, and the International Labour Organization co-hosted a Pre-Conference on the Care Economy in collaboration with a consortium of pa...
A Book Review of “Equality Within Our Lifetimes: How Laws and Policies Can Close—or Widen—Gender Gaps in Economies Worldwide”
August 17, 2023
Women’s economic equality remains elusive in countries at every level of income. Women earn less than men. They participate in the labor force at lower rates—and when in the labor force, they have higher unemployment rates. They are overrepresented in low paying jobs and underrepresented in leadersh...