Help Women Earn

A worker tends a tea plantation in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. Most migrant workers are from Viet Nam and Thailand's indigenous groups. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran
A worker tends a tea plantation in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. Most migrant workers are from Viet Nam and Thailand's indigenous groups. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran

When women earn, they invest back into their families

The issue

Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. Yet they remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation because of barriers to education and employment. As a result, women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs. In our region, women and girls spend as much as 11 times more of their day than men and boys on unpaid care and domestic work, including cooking, cleaning and collecting water and fuel. Women earn less than men for the same work even when they have the same abilities and experience.

Our solution

UN Women addresses these issues by empowering women and increasing their economic opportunities. UN Women supports:

  • Entrepreneurship: Promoting women's business ownership, microfinance efforts and financial markets
  • Asset-Building: Boosting economic empowerment through women’s land rights and property ownership
  • Financial Literacy: Increasing women’s financial know-how and providing training
  • Better Jobs: Improving wages, working conditions, labour standards, benefits and training opportunities for women workers
  • Skills building: Ensuring women and girls possess the right skills for future jobs

We believe that when women are empowered and earn an income, they invest back into their families and communities. This is good for families, communities and economies.

UN Women relies entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, and we need your help as we still have a long way to go to achieve SDG 5 – Gender Equality.

How you can help

Every dollar makes a difference. Take a look at how your donation will help:

A Burmese migrant worker at a green bean farm in Mae Sot, Tak province.  Photo: UN Women/Piyavit Thongsa-Ard

$30 can support a migrant woman to access important legal information


Myanmar migrant workers sew clothes in a factory in Thailand's western province of Mae Sot. Their working day runs from 7 am until 8 pm, including overtime, for which they earn less than 200 baht (6 dollars), well below the legal minimum wage of 305 baht. Their monthly income barely covers rent and food, leaving little opportunity for saving and reducing them to living day-to-day. This limited income security compounds other challenges that they face such as limited protections in housing, labour contracts and healthcare.  Photo: UN Women/Piyavit Thongsa-Ard

$75 can deliver a leadership programme for young women


Nurachayatun Siti, a 35-year-old Indonesian domestic worker from Surabaya Java, does the family shopping early Saturday morning in Sembawang Hills Estates, Singapore. This is Nur's second job as a domestic worker in Singapore.  The first when she was 19, was a painful and demoralizing situation where her employers had her sleep on the floor for two years, with little food, no time off, earning only S$20 per month. The rest of her wages were either withheld or taken by the agency that placed her.  When her employer accused her of theft, she gladly left.  This time she has returned on her own terms earning well about the average S$550. On her one weekly day off, Nur learns how to sew, meets with friends, and attends labour law discussions to better protect herself.  Photo: UN Women/Staton Winter

$150 can provide financial literacy and business training for single mothers, allowing them to run their business independently


Photo: UN Women Viet Nam/Pham Phuong Anh

Every dollar makes a difference.

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Who are you helping?

Kongkea, pictured feeding her piglets, hopes to soon expand her pig-rearing business. Photo: UN Women/Stefanie Simcox

Kongkea is a domestic violence survivor from Cambodia who received legal advice, safe migration training, as well as a grant to start her own pig-rearing business through a Japanese-funded programme, run by UN Women and UNODC, and implemented through the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC). She has gone through a difficult experience, but there are others still in a difficult situation like hers.

Sulochana Timalsina is the go-to person in her community. Women come to her for beauty treatments like eyebrow threading or hairdressing, as well as for advice on self-growth and empowerment. Photo: UN Women/Merit Maharjan

Sulochana Timalsina has been running a parlour and a store side-by-side for a few years now, but says her life took a turn after she participated in the 12-day Gender-Responsive Entrepreneurship Development training implemented by Vocational and Skills Development Training, UN Women’s implementing partner.

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