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Balancing paid work and unpaid care work to achieve women’s economic empowerment

Author: D. Chopra
Publisher: Himalayan Institute of Development
Publication Date: Jan 2015

This policy briefing argues that women's economic empowerment can lead to economic growth but it is important to understand it as not simply about labour force participation, but also about the choice to work, the choice of sector, location and working hours. It looks at the interactions between the market and the household and the consequences of unpaid care work on the type, location and nature of paid work that women and girls can undertake, thereby impacting their economic empowerment. Further, the briefing outlines policy actions that can help prevent women from being forced into making choices that have negative social, economic and political outcomes.