Women are taken as an essential part of Bangladesh labour force where the participation of women increased significantly from 16% in 1995 to 36% in 2010 (Katalyst strategy paper, 2014). 25% women of them are self-employed. New opportunities are available to rural women as more women are moving away from unpaid labour and piecework, to own account work as entrepreneurs and farmers. When women take the lead in income-generating activities, they make decisions about investment and spending and thus become more economically empowered within household and community.
Since 2009, Katalyst has been working to mainstream women into its core rural sectors (maize, vegetable and farmed fish) through activities that encourage their engagement and economic advancement. In Phase 3, it started to do this by engaging private actors who will take the lead in focusing on women in a rural context. Private sectors actors, NGOs and relevant actors will be facilitated for the development and promotion of appropriate service packages, distribution mechanisms and improved market access targeting women farmers and entrepreneurs.
By 2017, Katalyst envisions 42,000 women farmers/entrepreneurs will achieve increased competitiveness through improved access to quality inputs, information, knowledge and market linkages.
Women’s Economic Empowerment Sector Brief- English