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This is the evidence base for real change

At the Women’s International Centre for Economic Development, we know that the key to affecting real change is to prove our case with a solid body of knowledge and academic research. By bringing together a comprehensive evidence base, we can influence policy and inspire change where it really counts, creating new opportunities and empowering women to fulfil their true potential.

We have access to a wide range research reports and academic papers that show what can be achieved when women are empowered and enabled to play and active role in economic life, demonstrating the positive effect that women’s enterprise can have for individuals, communities and economies alike. It also demonstrates the many challenges that still stand in the way of that progression in the workplace, and in wider society, and illustrates the urgent need for change. We support the research community by connecting them to potential research respondents, businesses and entrepreneurs.

Recent published reports around women's enterprise and gender equality that make for interesting reading include;

State of Women owned business report

The Changing Labour Market: Fawcett Society 2013

Maximising Women’s Contribution to Future Economic Growth WBC Report 2013

Sex and Power 2013

Sex and Power 2014

Sex and Power 2015

FSB Women in Enterprise: The Untapped Potential Report April 2016

More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker

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