New Gender Assessment study calls for greater participation of women in the private sector

31 august 2018 – Masalli – Azerbaijan – Goychak Aleskerova at her sausage production facility in Masalli. Since 2011, UNDP and the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs have been jointly implementing the project on “Promoting Rural Women Participation in Economic and Social Life”. In 2016 the project received financial support from USAID for implementing the project in Masalli region. Photo/UNDP Azerbaijan/Elmar Mustafayev

4 December 2018 – Studies show that, if women were able to participate equally in the economy, global GDP could increase by 26 per cent – the equivalent of $12 trillion dollars – by 2025. But unfortunately only 50 per cent of women of working age, worldwide, are in the labour force – compared to 77 per cent of men. Findings of a recent gender assessment study announced today at Park Inn, Baku reveal major similarities with these global trends in Azerbaijan. Drawing upon the role of the private sector in advancing gender equality and women’s economic potential, the study specifically examines challenges and opportunities facing women in the private sector.

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