Social enterprises described a set of practices that support the empowerment of their women employees and women beneficiaries. Using the UN definition of gender empowerment, we group the practices into five groups.
- Practice 1. What did social enterprises do to promote women’s sense of self-worth or appraisal of one’s own value
- Practice 2. What did social enterprises do to provide the women the right to have and to determine choices
- Practice 3. What did social enterprises do to enable women gain access to opportunities and resources
- Practice 4. What did social enterprises do to expand women’s control their own lives, both within and outside the home
- Practice 5. What did social enterprises do to influence the direction of social change, to create a more just social and economic order, nationally and internationally
The Guide is in an online modular format, and each practice can be used on its own or sequentially according to the user’s needs.
What are some of the challenges faced by women?
The social enterprise should recognise the different challenges faced by the women they support. Here are some examples shared by the SEs and their women beneficiaries:
- Domestic abuse
- Negative self-image
- Lack of confidence
- Mental health
- Sexism and misogyny
- Work environments that are ageist or do not accept women’s conditions (single parent, maternities, among others)
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