Girls Learn, Women Earn (GLWE) is a call to action platform to prioritize Girls’ Education & Women’s Economic Empowerment in Pakistan. The World Bank aims to create more awareness, advocacy and action to help girls excel in education and women to thrive in the workplace, through the GLWE 100-day action initiative.
The GLWE initiative is a platform, convened by the World Bank, for partners to collaborate and submit their actions on two key priority areas; Girls Education and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
The campaign is divided into two parts – the first part consists of organizations signing up to be a part of the campaign through a simple registration process (deadline extended to January 20). In the registration process, the organization must mention the actions they have taken between March 2019 – November 2019 that address one of the Pillars below.
Once registered, the organization has till March 1 to take actions in any of the areas that Pillars (1-7) describes below. The template for submitting these actions will be available on this website on February 1, 2020.
Who can sign up?
Any organization (Government, Private, SME, Education sector, Skills sector, NGO etc.) may submit actions they have taken between International Women’s Day 2019 and November 2019 as prior actions to support girls & women in these areas. Upon registration, we invite partners to pledge actions and commitments they will take as an organization between December 2019 and March 1, 2020.
Institutions and organizations that submit actions during the 100-day campaign will be eligible for recognition as a GLWE Champion. As GLWE Champions, partners will be invited to showcase their work at the International Women’s Day event on March 10, 2020.
How to register
To take part in the 100 days of action, please register your organization by January 20 via the link. Forms to submit actions will be available from February 1 and will be open until March 1. On March 1, organizations must submit their actions via the online link.
Actions may be taken across one or more of the following pillars. Actions may include but are not restricted to the guidelines below. In the submission forms organizations may add in more Pillars that they have worked on but are relevant to GLWE.
Pillar 1: Getting to School
There are 22.8 million out-of-school children in Pakistan, of which 53% are girls, according to the latest published data in the Pakistan Education Statistics, 2016-17 Report (AEPAM, 2018).
Every additional year of schooling for a girl is estimated to increase her future earnings by 7.9% on average according to recent research (Jamal, 2015).
For e.g. What is your institution/organization doing to support more girls’ access to education? This could be through enabling transportation, providing subsidies, support programs or other methods.
Pillar 2: Getting to Work
Female labor force participation in Pakistan is currently at 26% and it is our shared commitment to increase this to 45% by 2047.
For e.g. Is your institution/organization supporting female employees to get to work – e.g. providing transportation, subsidies for women to purchase vehicles to get to work, subsidizing public transportation or private cabs? Do you have practices in place that promote easier access for women?
Pillar 3: Access to Quality/Salaried Jobs
In Pakistan, the gender wage gap is 43.8 % - the highest in the world in monthly earnings (ILO Global Wage Report, 2018/19).
For e.g. Does your organization have practices in place to support equal pay for men and women in your organization, balanced gender representation, fair recruitment processes that consider merit-based vs. quota-based hiring?
Pillar 4: Workplace Environment
For e.g. Does your organization provide women-friendly facilities, adequate maternity leave, options for day-care? Has your office implemented laws/policies to enable women in the workplace, (the protection against harassment of women at the workplace 2010, etc.)? Do you have reporting mechanisms in place against office harassment, and do employees benefit from gender sensitive training?
Pillar 5: Career Development
The share of women employed in senior and middle management across Pakistan is 4% (ILO 2013). There is a 90% gap between men and women attaining managerial positions in Pakistan (WEF 2018).
For e.g. What is the percentage of women in leadership roles in your organization? Do you provide vocational training or support skills courses/programs for women employees?
Pillar 6: Entrepreneurship
There are only 1% women entrepreneurs in Pakistan (GEM 2012). Global Economic Output would increase by up to $28 trillion by 2025 if women were to participate in the economy at the same rate as men (IFC 2016).
For e.g. Are the women employees in your organization paid electronically via bank account? What are you doing to promote access to financial inclusion for women?
Pillar 7: Policy Level
Globally, for reforming economies (with more gender equal laws), female labor force participation went up by 0.70%, while for non-reforming economies, it only went up by 0.21%. More women join the workforce overall in economies that are reforming towards gender equality (Women Business and Law 2019).
Has your office implemented laws/policies to enable women in the workplace? What practices do you have in place to ensure gender balance and support for women employees?
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020