Economic Development & Microfinance

Women contribute actively to economic development and sustainability. Their social status determines their access to opportunities for economic autonomy and advancement. In the US, the glass ceiling is still firmly in place in many sectors of the economy. Globally, economic development efforts are doomed to failure without women’s active involvement and participation. More efforts need to focus on empowering women as wage earners, entrepreneurs and business owners. Microfinance programs also offer great potential to lift women out of poverty.

NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Observing National Parents’ Day by Enabling All Families to Thrive

 July 29, 2009 posted by Linda Basch
Last Sunday marked the 15th annual observance of National Parents’ Day, a holiday established to “uplift ideal parental role models.” Originally introduced into Congress by Senator Trent Lott, in 1994, then-President Bill Clinton formally established the fourth Sunday of July as National Parents’ Day. Generally, this holiday is used to promote the image of two-parent, “traditional” families.


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Ms. Foundation Hosts Successful Capitol Hill Briefing on the Recession

Last week, the Ms. Foundation for Women--in partnership with the Center for Community Change and Lake Research Partners--hosted a successful Capitol Hill briefing, sharing results from their recent poll on the impact of the recession on women.  According to Gail Cohen from the Joint Economic Committee,

only in May did women gain almost the same number of jobs as men -- but only in temporary Census jobs. In the private sector in May, women lost 1000 jobs while men gained 42,000 jobs.

To learn more about the briefing and download results of the poll, visit the Ms. Foundation's blog, Igniting Change.

 

 


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Women’s Control over Economic Resources and Access to Financial Resources, including Microfinance

This World Survey of the Role of Women in Development, published by DESA in Oct. 2009, addresses the ability of women to control and access economic and financial resources such as land, housing, employment, and social protection.

"Long-standing inequalities in the gender distribution of economic and financial resources have placed women at a disadvantage relative to men in their capability to participate
in, contribute to and benefit from broader processes of development. Despite considerable
progress on many aspects of women’s economic empowerment...deeply entrenched inequality persists as a result of discriminatory norms and practices, and the pace of change has been slow and uneven across regions. Women continue to be absent from key decision-making forums shaping the allocation of economic and financial resources and opportunities, which further perpetuates gender inequality."

URL: 
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/WorldSurvey2009.pdf

Web site for DESA (UN Dept. of Economic & Social Affairs)

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) addresses global issues including poverty reduction, gender equality, indigenous rights, macroeconomic policy, and development finance.  DESA’s mission - to promote development for all - reflects a fundamental concern for global equity and equality.

DESA's Web site includes fact sheets, articles, and reports on its varied activities and projects around the world.  Gender equality, social development, and sustainable development are among the major topic areas featured on the Web site.

URL: 
http://www.un.org/desa/

NCRW Summary: Economic Recovery in the Cities

FEBRUARY 1, 2010 Representatives from New York City and surrounding cities gathered at Columbia University to discuss economic recovery in a citywide context. This discussion, hosted by David N. Dinkins, emphasized that U.S. cities and their metropolitan areas were hardest hit by this economic recession. The speakers and panelists examined the impact of President Obama’s policies on the economic challenges in the NY-NJ-Penn region.

Race, Gender and Economic Justice in the U.S.

March 9, 2010 posted by Jacqueline Mumbey*

This afternoon, NCRW co-sponsored a CSW side event with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, The Opportunity Agenda, and the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center. The discussion sought to give a “face” to the current debates on the economic crisis.


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From Turbulence to Transformation

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Yesterday, more than 300 audience members flocked to lower Manhattan to join dynamic experts exploring public/private partnerships, capitalizing the women’s movement, and nothing less than changing the world. Jacki Zehner, founder of the Circle Financial Group and former Goldman Sachs partner, led the charge, asking how to take hold of this transformative moment and push for gender equality. Jacki Zehner truly believes that with “greater gender equality, this world would be a better place.”


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The Way We Live Now: The Power of the Purse

Member Organization: 
Ms. Foundation for Women

18 August 2009
 

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