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Research & Policy

We are working to level the playing field

Alongside our practical, day to day support of women’s social and economic development, The Women’s Organisation works hard to create a powerful, credible, independent, evidence and knowledge base to support the agenda of women at the highest levels.  

The Women’s International Centre for Economic Development boasts a distinguished panel of world leading academics who share knowledge, undertake research and define best practice to help us connect evidence to policy development.

As an organisation, we utilize research but also convene communities of global research leaders to ensure that this knowledge is disseminated to policy and decision makers, key influencers, media, service providers and service commissioners. This ensures that the key issues for gender, entrepreneurs and economic development have a robust evidence base. We can even work with these bodies directly, through our consultancy services, to help them to develop appropriate and meaningful projects and policies that benefit all women.

We know that there is compelling evidence to support a coordinated approach to women’s social and economic development. What’s more, we know the value of increased participation of women in community life, the labour market and as entrepreneurs, to drive economic recovery, and our future prosperity.

We are determined to get this message through by supporting the creation of a highly regarded research base to increase our knowledge and aid the development of effective policy.

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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