Women in Value Chains: Making a Difference

Capturing the Gains, Revised Summit Briefing, No. 6.3, February 2013

6 Pages Posted: 17 May 2013

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Michelle M. Christian

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Barbara J. Evers

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute

Stephanie Barrientos

University of Manchester

Date Written: May 16, 2013

Abstract

Global value chains (GVCs) offer important opportunities for women worldwide to earn a living – garments, tourism, mobile phones and commercial horticulture are good examples. Women can play a vital role in supporting value chain upgrading – as workers, farmers, producers and consumers. Yet women’s skills are often undervalued and they are stuck in low-status jobs. Work in GVCs is potentially empowering for women. Policy and commercial strategies need to proactively support the more equitable participation of women, because this enhances value chain upgrading, improves women’s lives and promotes more inclusive development.

Keywords: gender norms, global value chains, women workers, casualization, tourism

Suggested Citation

Christian, Michelle M. and Evers, Barbara J. and Barrientos, Stephanie, Women in Value Chains: Making a Difference (May 16, 2013). Capturing the Gains, Revised Summit Briefing, No. 6.3, February 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2265832

Michelle M. Christian

University of Tennessee, Knoxville ( email )

Department of Sociology
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Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

Barbara J. Evers

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute ( email )

Humanities Bridgeford Street Building
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Stephanie Barrientos (Contact Author)

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, N/A M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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