Women’s economic empowerment refers to women having access to and control over high-value productive resources, such as information, credit, loans or financial assistance, services training, markets and technology, and increased control over the business environment. With women’s economic empowerment, women have decent jobs and humane working conditions, while enjoying benefits from wealth-creating opportunities equal with men.

Women’s empowerment works to raise the level of participation that will enable women to make decisions based on their own views and perspectives. As expected outcomes of the process of partnering together for women’s empowerment, women (1) obtain women’s increased access to economic and/or enterprise-related programs and services, (2) better support services for women’s economic and enterprise endeavors, (3) less constraints on women as a result of gender responsive roles and expectations, and (4) better incomes, expanded capabilities and life opportunities.