Tackling gender discrimination is vital for women’s empowerment in the Global South

March 2021

New book featuring research by PEP Executive Director, Jane Mariara, highlights the plight of women in over 50 African and South Asian Countries.

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Dropping out of school often leads to early marriage and pregnancy, which significantly restrict employment options for young women in sub-Saharan Africa, according to findings by PEP’s Executive Director, Jane Mariara, and coauthors Adalbertus Kamanzi, and Andy McKay.

These findings have recently been published in a new book on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Insights from Africa and South Asia. The book showcases research from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)’s Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) programme. It explores complex relationships that interact to hinder women’s economic empowerment in the Global South and provides insight into how to tackle these barriers.

“This book brings together findings from a range of studies that highlight the plight of many women in over 50 countries in Africa and South Asia,” said Professor Mariara.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the IDRC hosted a discussion with some of the authors for the book’s launch on March 4, 2021. During the event, Professor Mariara and the other panelists discussed the power of research and how to maintain momentum for issues around women’s economic empowerment. The panelists identified addressing gender discrimination in laws, education, and sexual and reproductive rights as priorities for realising women’s economic empowerment potential. 

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