A Collective Action Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Building Ecosystems to Empower Women Entrepreneurs and Women in Factories

As the business case for women’s economic empowerment begins to take shape, multinational companies increasingly look to create programs targeted toward improving the lives and livelihoods of the women in their supply chains. Through collective action—an approach that relies on sharing data and best practices among practitioners—corporations can learn from one another and build an ecosystem that enables and empowers women. This ecosystem, composed of many organizations and companies working toward common goals, must address the barriers that are unique to women entrepreneurs and women in factories.

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Helen Moser

Research Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development

Erin Nealer

Research Assistant, Project on Prosperity and Development