Women face difficulties in seeking employment opportunities because of:
- A lack of formal education
- Household duties and care of dependents
- Discrimination from financial institutions
Despite these barriers, there is growing recognition that efforts focused on women lead to greater household and community wellbeing. If given the chance to break out of gender stereotypes and attain economic empowerment, their increased income is likely to be spent on education, nutrition and healthcare for their children. In this way, an investment into a woman’s career prospects is an investment into an entire community.