Inspiration, innovation and inclusion: Shaping our future with  the social and solidarity economy

Session 2: Beyond pink-collar jobs: Women and the social economy

Mar 20, 2023 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM



(EN/FR) More women than men are employed by the social economy, which boasts a smaller gender gap in both pay and leadership. The wider economy could use this as inspiration. At the same time, in many countries, the largest share of social economy employment is in so called pink-collar jobs (i.e., jobs in areas traditionally ascribed to women such as childcare, education, personal and household services or social work), which means there is an opportunity for social economy organisations to create tech and green jobs for women. Policy initiatives to help the social economy further promote gender equality could also inspire the wider economy. This session will share new OECD evidence on women and the social economy, dive into its role in advancing gender equality in pay and working conditions and discuss how it helps marginalised workers to find their path into the labour market. Panellists will discuss: • How is the social economy helping to advance gender equality? • What lessons can the wider economy draw from the social economy? • How can siloes be broken to offer opportunities for women in green and digital careers in and through the social economy?


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