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Promoting Equal Opportunities for Women in the Labour Market through Business Environment Reforms

Promoting Equal Opportunities for Women in the Labour Market through Business Environment Reforms



Women are more likely to be unemployed, be economically inactive, work in the informal sector, and to have temporary or more precarious employment than men. A mix of social norms, time scarcity – in particular due to unpaid care activities – or the lack of quality and affordable care, discrimination, lack of mobility, and low levels of human capital accumulation, affect women’s likelihood of getting a high-quality paid job. COVID-19 has widened the historical inequalities present in the labour market. African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries need to continue and even strengthen policy and regulatory reforms that encourage greater gender equality in the jobs market, higher earnings for women, and women’s labour force participation in traditionally male-dominated sectors. While Business Environment Reforms alone are not enough, they have the potential of creating an enabling environment to promote women’s economic empowerment through more and better-quality jobs for women.This online event will focus on the legal, administrative, and policy and tax incentives and reforms necessary to promote a more inclusive labour market for women to have better quality jobs.

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By supporting business climate and investment environment reforms, the ICR Facility aims to help generate more decent jobs and contribute to improving livelihoods in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

Training on Business Environment Reforms to Support Women’s Economic Empowerment
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Women's Economic Empowerment
Training on Busines Environment Reforms to Support Women’s Economic Empowerment What? The course develops awareness and provides tools to advance Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) through Business Environment Reform (BER) in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Participants learn to apply a gender-sensitive and gender-transformative lens when they work on their own reforms, taking into account […]
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How to develop a gender approach in Development Finance Institutions
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Access to Finance
What? In these free, self-paced training modules you will learn how to develop a gender finance approach in the development finance institution. It is an interactive way to learn more about institutional gender mainstreaming, actions and measures to be taken in the organization to ensure gender inclusion. The training contains videos, texts, interactive exercises and […]
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Training on Business Environment Reforms Tools
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Business Regulation and Policy
In these self-paced modules in  “Business Environment Reform Tools”, representatives from public and private stakeholders in African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries will learn how to use practical and straight-forward tools to improve the business environment in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. You will earn a PDF certificate once you pass all the tasks of the four modules. […]
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