Progressive social change - women's empowerment. Policy Brief No. 12.


This Briefing discusses how understanding the gender dimensions of chronic poverty is important not only for tackling the greater levels of deprivation and vulnerability that girls and women routinely face in many country contexts, but also for tackling poverty more broadly. Given women's central role in producing, maintaining and reproducing the population (child bearing and raising, care of the family, sick and elderly), policy measures to support women's empowerment can have multiple positive spill-over effects on women's well-being as well as childhood poverty and household poverty in general.

We highlight three key policy areas enabling positive social change:

Equitable access to basic services, including reproductive health services;
Equitable access to education at all levels;
An enabling environment for gender-aware social movements.


CPRC Policy Brief No. 12, Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK, 6 pp.

Progressive social change - women’s empowerment. Policy Brief No. 12.

Published 1 January 2008