Strengthening Policy for Young Women in the Changing World of Work
Both women and men contribute to local economy in various capacities, and possess distinct knowledge. These are the building blocks for realizing the potential of a locality. In this regard, there is growing consensus on the importance of women as essential economic actors. Discrimination against women is considered economically inefficient as it marginalizes those that can potentially be more productive and contribute to the local economy. Moreover, around the world, women’s growing participation in the WoW is offering an important contribution to national growth rates and economic viability. Yet, gender gaps in the WoW continue to adversely impact productivity and competitiveness. Local governments are the key vehicles for formulating interventions, both to eliminate barriers to achieve equitable outcomes in community contexts, and to ensure equity and effectiveness in planning, budgeting, service provision, and government oversight. This is relevant in addressing social and cultural practices that keep young women in positions of powerlessness in the WoW.