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Why Macroeconomic Policy Matters for Gender Equality
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Macroeconomic policy, including fiscal and monetary policy, is often thought of as gender neutral. But economic policy choices affect women and men differently because of their different positions in the economy, both market (paid) and non-market (unpaid). For instance, budget cuts that reduce social spending may increase the demands on women’s unpaid household labour, while trade liberalization may negatively affect womens employment in contexts where they are over- represented in import-competing sectors, such as agricultural food crops. Yet, macroeconomic policies to date have paid scant attention to these issues and have therefore not been conducive to the achievement of gender equality. Focusing on goals, measurement and policy instruments, this brief lays out the key problems with current macroeconomic policies and provides building blocks for an alternative macroeconomic agenda that is rights-based and gender-responsive.

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UNWOMEN ,   (2015 )
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Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN, BUDGET, HOUSEHOLDS, LABOUR, EMPLOYMENT, AGRICULTURE, MACROECONOMIC, TRADE POLICY, EMPLOYMENT, ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMIC GROWTH, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, FINANCIAL CRISIS, FUNDS, SOCIAL SERVICES, CHILDREN, WATER, INVESTMENTS, ACCOUNTABILITY, WOMEN RIGHTS, DECISION MAKING, CIVIL SOCIETY, FINANCE, SOCIAL SECURITY, SOCIAL PROTECTION, INCOME, FOOD, EDUCATION, POVERTY, POVERTY MITIGATION, HUMAN RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, GOVERNANCE, MACROECONOMIC POLICY
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 UNWOMEN : Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
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14.02.01  -  Discrimination
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