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Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in East Africa

Published on January 11, 2018

Women_empowerment_EA.JPGBarriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in East Africa is an analytical brief published by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), prepared by the Economic Analysis and Data Services Team. This brief discusses the financial, educational, and legal barriers that prevent women in the East African Community (EAC) from fully participating in the economic sphere.

It outlines the many challenges women in East Africa face to fully participating in their respective economies, which inhibits their financial independence and limits their ability to provide financially for themselves and their families. The brief concludes that while great strides have been made in improving the state of women in the financial, educational, and legal spheres, women still lag far behind the progress of men. Women in the EAC are consistently time poor, spending more time performing unpaid household chores and less time in productive activities, and fewer women have bank or mobile money accounts or borrow money than men.