Gender Equality in Local Economic Development: Making Sense of the Challenges
The inclusion of women in the labour force and economy is of central importance to the sustainable development of cities. The URBACT project WEED (Women Enterprise and Employment in local Development) is all about promoting a gender balanced economic system in order to fully take advantage of the positive input of women in local economies. The final report shares best practices and explores evidence-based choices to the benefit of other municipalities embarking on an equality strategy.
Promoting gender equality in local Economic Development
Gender segregation as a continued problem for local economic development
- Under-representation of women in business;
- A lack of gender awareness
- Under-utilization of technology by women;
- More pronounced unemployment for women;
- A shortage in local care needs;
- A lack of support for unemployed mothers wanting to work.
Policy options to include girls and women: long and short term actions
- Creative changes in curricula and out of school activities that encourage girls and boys to engage in science, technology and ICT increases confidence amongst girls and boys to choose less gendered studies and careers
- Providing easy, practical and flexible access to policy guidance for both start up and growth phases of businesses increases women’s confidence in their entrepreneurial capacity
- The availability of reliable gender disaggregated statistics is key to enhancing evidence-based decision-making and policy development
The full report in the Reference Material Folder contains further details on local strategies.