Women

USAID’s Shari Berenbach and Department of State’s Shelly Porges spoke on working with women, while at a CIPE 2011 conference titled Democracy that Delivers for Women.

Women comprise half of the world’s population, perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, and constitute between 60 and 80 percent of the manufacturing workforce in developing countries. In addition, women business owners make up the majority of entrepreneurs in the informal sector and a large share of the micro-enterprise sector. Yet, despite their extraordinary contributions to socio-economic development, women continue to be marginalized in many countries around the world. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) views women’s empowerment through the prism of building linkages between educational, political, civic, and economic empowerment, where civil society organizations become a leading force to remove barriers and empower women to shape the future of their own countries.

CIPE’s approach to women’s empowerment is guided by a simple principle: women’s empowerment should not be driven by simply bestowing or extending power to women. To be truly empowered, women must develop their power base, advocate for reform, and exert their own leadership to change their countries’ political, cultural, and economical environment.

Women's Empowerment Programs at CIPE

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE works with women in these areas:

  • Build the capacity of women’s business associations to advocate for reforms.
  • Strengthen institutions that support the participation of women in the economy such as property rights and rule of law.
  • Educate women entrepreneurs on business management and representation.
  • Reduce barriers to entry such as gender-biased laws and legal discrimination.

Read more about CIPE's women's empowerment programs.

Related Publications

Women Mean Business: Game Changers in South Asia

Article at a glance:

  • Networking and mentorship plays an important role in the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem for women and for inclusive economic growth.
  • Mentorship helps to create a safe space to share challenges and disappointments as well as achievements and joys in pushing for policy reform.
  • Scaling up women-owned businesses is an important part of ensuring women’s participation in the economy.

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