Gender and Economic Agency Initiative
GEA aims to build a strong body of evidence on policies and programs to promote women’s work and enhance women’s economic agency in East Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central America. GEA works to develop policy-relevant insights from this research to drive programming, strategies, and policymaking on women’s work in both formal and informal employment. In addition, as there is a growing need to identify and test key indicators for women’s empowerment and agency, GEA seeks to enhance the availability and scale of improved metrics for these outcomes.
GEA prioritizes developing research on three themes:
- Workplace arrangements and labor policies to promote formal and informal employment for women
- Enhancing women’s labor potential and work readiness (including self-employment)
- Addressing restrictive gender norms and attitudes related to women’s work