What do women NEED for economic empowerment?

During this rally I've been thinking a lot about what we need to focus on, where we can have the biggest impact, and where are the gaps. I thought about posting this question and how I would answer it and it made me think that this isn't a gender issue. Ultimately we want economic empowerment for everyone, and some people have it. So why not look at what is needed, in general, for economic empowerment and then identify what women, in particular, are missing. 

So what do you think people need for economic empowerment and what are women missing?
  • Dorcas Tshuma
    Hi Amanda

    Briefly I can say women must have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and their communities. I think this is what is missing, 
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      Decision making must be available for women to find economic independence. Educating women on making good decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities is a start. What ways can we help women take control of making decisions?
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  • Miral Maarouf
    For economic empowerment to occur, I agree that focusing on women only is not a solution. It has to go hand in hand , by focusing on community development as a whole ,women status will improve automatically,  that could through focusing on acess to quality education  that spread awareness on gender equality, personal development, and entrepreneurial spirit for all beside effective programs on school to work transition and start-ups incubation.
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      Community development is a huge piece of the puzzle for women! Any tips on the best types of development programs that have direct impact for women?
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  • Shweta Bhatia
    For economic empowerment to become a reality, I think there needs to be examples of women who are empowered; I think this not only changes mindsets about a woman's role in the world but also provides women with role models for their own future endeavors. I don't think it needs to even be an example of a Cinderella story in someone's life, just showing examples of how empowerment is bettering lives would be helpful to spur movement and change. And there are stories out there of women climbing to the top of their jobs and being successful, they just need to become more accessible by women in different countries and regions of the world.
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      I agree, and I think it is important that women see other women similar to themselves. Showing success in other countries or cultures can be inspiring but not as impactful as seeing one of their own succeeding.
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  • veronica portugal
    They need changes in behaviour and in attitudes. Also they need changes in policy and laws. Finally also empower men
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      The sad thing is that both changes in behavior and policy are difficult but changing laws is actually easier than changing minds.
    • Lindiwe mlalazi
      I agree, we need to change the policies and laws that are in most countries becuase it is these laws and policies that hinder economic empowerment. 
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  • Rupande Mehta
    I'm recently working with someone who is having trouble gerring the women out of the house to work. Why? The husbands forbid it. Never mind that they are alcoholics and the children are starving. Another reason - the village leaders prohibit it. So as much as opportunities, we also need to change mindsets and educate. 
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      Yes! It takes more than just changes to a woman's situation to create actual change. Men need to be onboard and supportive as well. Education is a great way start. What else can we do?
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  • Odunola Oladejo
    For economic empowerment to become a reality, people need to be enlightened about the advantages of being economically empowered, necessary tools need to be provided for effectiveness of promoting the cause. Myths about economic empowerment shpilf be discarded. Any interested person must be focused and ready to be economically empowered.
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      Knowing the benefits and taking action towards progress is the real challenge. With countless studies showing how much better societies are when women are empowered progress is still slow. How can we increase action?
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  • Lydia Olanike Oladapo
    Women need the right education for economic empowerment. Business management and Financial skills. Information. They need to be more aware of what is going on in their world and how it affects them and their businesses . This will also help them to realise and harness opportunities as well. Women generally, especially in the developing countries and especially rural areas are usually not as interested in current affairs as their male counterparts. Maybe this is also due to the fact that a lot of them are usually not as educated as the men to start with.
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      Once women are educated how can they translate that into changes? 
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  • Adina Laura Achim
    They need to be financial independent- this status brings with it an incredible freedom and with that freedom comes the desire to establish and create more, go further and invest in yourself and your community. Understandably, with this freedom comes even the power to invest in yourself, therefore you can grow even further and you can educate yourself. These self-sufficient women become agents of change in their own community. 
    • Amanda Chehrezad
      With financial independence, there is some freedom but restraints still exist. How can we ensure that economic freedom equates to gender equality?
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