Two years in, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate formal and informal barriers to women’s economic empowerment. By hindering opportunities for women’s full and active economic participation, the global health crisis is widening many forms of gender and socioeconomic inequalities. Women’s economic empowerment serves as both a critical constituent part of democracy, which relies on opportunities and equality for all citizens, as well as a crucial mechanism to enhance other facets of democracy.
The Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment (CWEE) will continue to provide thought leadership on CIPE’s gender integration work. CWEE is working towards creating greater understandings about the intersections between women’s economic empowerment and other areas of CIPE interest such as democratic governance, the digital economy, and accountable investment. Additionally, CWEE aims to demonstrate why making gender integration and empowerment a priority will reduce corruption and foster a more equitable and democratic economic global system.