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date: 25 June 2022

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This chapter focuses on the structural drivers and constraints associated with the transition of women from unremunerated or low-paid production to higher-value work in three important labor market domains: entrepreneurship, agriculture, and wage employment. Understanding the drivers behind these types of employment and the constraints that women face can help to develop new policies that better support workers and their families, stimulate employment generation in countries with rapid labor force growth, and promote entrepreneurial activities that spur innovation and progress. In the spirit of these objectives, this chapter examines best practices in transforming women to be successful entrepreneurs, farmers, and wage workers. The chapter closes with the links between gender equality and economic growth, concluding that promoting gender equality can be a “gender-smart” way to achieve sustained economic development.

Keywords: gender, women, development, employment, equality, entrepreneurship, agriculture, wages, growth

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