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SDDirect gathers evidence on Women Economic Empowerment through DFID’s Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) Helpdesk

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SDDirect, through the delivery of the DFID’s Work and Opportunities for Women Helpdesk has launched a new quarterly evidence digest (Available here: ). Recent evidence digests cover topics including Sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) interventions in the work place for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and links WEE and tackling Modern Slavery in value chains. 

The evidence digests knowledge is drawn from a number of recent queries submitted by DFID colleagues, to the WOW helpdesk, which provides rapid, flexible, tailored and specialist analysis, guidance and ‘know-how’ to support UK government staff in addressing WEE in policy and programming. Digests are published quarterly, with two now available on the WOW Programme website ( Digests share the latest knowledge and learning from WOW’s activities with DFID in an easy to access manner.

 What do recent editions of the digest include?

  • News & Updates on Women’s Economic Empowerment, including recent blogs and publications.
  • Sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) interventions in the work place for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)
  • WEE and gender inclusion assessment of Business for Shared Prosperity Programme, Burma
  • How women’s economic empowerment is affected in an FCAS context
  • Where to find Time Use Data and how to use it
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment in the DFID commercial agriculture portfolio
  • Links to recent publications from elsewhere in the WOW programme, including on Modern Slavery and a research brief on women workers in global value chains.
  • How to get support on Women’s Economic Empowerment from the WOW Helpdesk.
  • What is the WOW Helpdesk?
  • The Helpdesk service is available to DFID and other HMG Departments’ staff working on international Economic Development policy and programmes across central, regional and country-based locations. 
  • There is no direct charge to DFID or other HMG departments to use the Helpdesk: the cost of the service is covered by the DFID Growth and Resilience Department, through the WOW programme.

All requests for support are screened and prioritised with DFID’s WOW team, based on UK government strategic priorities, urgent needs, and where there is most potential for impact on WEE.

How to request Helpdesk support

If you are interested in WOW Helpdesk support, please contact the Helpdesk directly via email on or call +44 (0)203 735 6416.  Our team will respond within 24 hours to discuss your needs in more detail.