Guardian Global Development: International Women’s Day 2015
Now in its 25th year, International Women’s Day is a celebration of the progress the world has made. However, it is also a timely reminder that there is still a long way to go: gender inequality characterises most spheres of society and policymakers need to appreciate how the fate of women and girls remains intrinsically linked to external factors such as the economy.
In this think piece for the Guardian Online, OPM consultant and impact evaluation specialist, Michele Binci, looks at the disproportionate impact of economic crises on women and girls. Drawing on his recent research in Kenya, Michele highlights how gender imbalances at the household level are even more pronounced when resources are stretched during times of economic downturn.
Importantly, he considers what these imbalances mean for economic policymaking – what do governments need to do to help tackle structural gender inequalities?