Women’s economic empowerment is a requirement for sustainable development and growth. Achieving women’s economic empowerment compels comprehensive public policies, approach and long-term commitment and gender-specific perspectives must be integrated at the design stage of policy and programming. Women must have more fair access to access to assets and services; infrastructure programmes should be designed to benefit the poor, both men and women and employment opportunities must be improved while increasing recognition of women’s immeasurable unpaid work. Innovative approaches and partnerships include increased dialogue among development actors, improved coordination amongst donors and support for women organising at the national level. Economic empowerment is the capacity of women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways which recognize the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible to negotiate a fairer distribution of the benefit of growth (Eyben etal. 2008). Economic empowerment increases women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property and other productive assets, skills development and market information.
Women’s economic participation and empowerment are fundamental to strengthening women’s rights and enabling women to have control over their lives and exert influence in society (Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 2010) it’s about creating just and equitable societies. Women often face discrimination and persistent gender inequalities, with some women experiencing multiple discrimination and exclusion.