As Director of Gender, Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods, Sarah Gammage leads the organization’s work on women’s economic empowerment with a particular focus on the care economy, time use and time burdens and intra-household processes. She has more than 25 years of experience as researcher and feminist economist, providing policy advice and supporting strategic advocacy on gender equality in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Sarah currently leads a research project at ICRW funded by the Hewlett Foundation to explore the policies, programs and interventions that promote reproductive and economic empowerment looking at those reproductive health services, labor market institutions and social protection policies that have successfully supported women’s transition from informal to formal work.
Sarah is an associate editor of Feminist Economics and a member of Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing. She has also taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in gender and development, gender and labor markets, multidimensional poverty analysis, and social protection in the United States, Mexico and Chile.
Prior to joining ICRW, Sarah was a Policy Advisor on Economic Institutions at UN Women in New York. Prior to this she worked with the International Labor Organization as a Social Protection Specialist in the Southern Cone of Latin America. In this role she undertook research and capacity-building, contributed to analysis of social protection platforms, supported Convention 189, and contributed to publications on Gender and Decent Work, gender and labor market inequality, and the Human Development Report for Paraguay on Decent Work and Human Development. Before this she worked with the Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico where she worked on defining and measuring multidimensional poverty, gender inequality, time poverty and migration.
Sarah has extensive experience working with a wide range of donors and partners, including US government agencies (USAID), bilateral and multilateral agencies (ILO, ECLAC, UN Women, UNDP, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank), NGOs (ICRW, CEDPA, Women Thrive, WIEGO), research institutions (the International Institute for Environment and Development), and academia (George Washington University, the Instituto Mora, the Central University in Santiago and the University of Chile).
Sarah has worked with and for a number of international and multilateral organizations including the International Institute for Environment and Development, Women´s Edge, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the International Labour Organisation and UN Women. She and has written academic and policy research articles on gender and trade, poverty, labor markets, migration and environment. Among her recent publications are an article with Naila Kabeer and Yana van der Muelen Rodgers (2016) “Voice and Agency: Where are we Now?” in Feminist Economics and with Gabriela Diaz Prieto (2016) in NACLA “Aiding Central America’s Women on the Run”.