IDS Policy Briefing 83

Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work to Achieve Women’s Economic Empowerment

Published on 1 January 2015

It is widely known that women’s economic empowerment can lead to economic growth. However, it is important to understand women’s economic empowerment as not simply about labour force participation, but also about the choice to work, the choice of sector, location and working hours.

This Policy Briefing looks at the interactions between the market and the household and the consequences of unpaid care work on the type, location and nature of paid work that women and girls can undertake, thereby impacting their economic empowerment. Further, it outlines policy actions that can help prevent women from being forced into making choices that have negative social, economic and political outcomes.

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Chopra, D. (2015) 'Balancing Paid Work and Unpaid Care Work to Achieve Women’s Economic Empowerment', IDS Policy Briefing 83, Brighton: IDS


Deepta Chopra

Professorial Research Fellow

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