Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). It is important that women, civil society, governments and the private sector, understand that economic empowerment is a right. Providing equal access to financial services, helping give women more power over income and assets like land and technology, and professionalizing the caregiving sector can help accelerate progress in women’s economic empowerment, especially in developing countries.
SSWEN recognizes Economic Empowerment for women as a precondition to Women’s Empowerment and reaches out to women most in need, often by engaging with grass-roots and civil society organizations. SSWEN was involved in a project that provides car wash services to the United Nations vehicles. This opportunity allows us to challenge the narrative and stereotype of certain jobs not “fit” for women.
This project is designed in a manner that it provides employment opportunities to women who do not have an education and are physically fit to work. According to the World Bank 2014 report on gender composition in business, across Sub-Saharan Africa, an average of 33% of firms in the private sector have female participation in ownership, 15.2% of the same firms with a female top manager and 10.4% of those firms have majority female ownership while 28.4% proportion of permanent full-time workers are female. Meanwhile, South Sudan scores 22% of private firms with female participation in ownership, 9.4% of those firms with a female top manager, 7.1% of the firms with a majority of female ownership and 23.3% of the firms with a proportion of permanent full-time female workers.