60 % of the poorest people in the world are women. (Source: UNDP)
On a global level, less than 16% of all Parliament Members are women. (Source: UNDP)
Women's empowerment refers to the ability of women to transform economic and social development when empowered to fully participate in...
...the decisions that affect their lives through leadership training, coaching, consulting, and the provision of enabling tools for women to lead within their communities, regions and countries. Source: Wiser Earth
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is central to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet, while there are some positive trends in gender equality, there are still many areas of concern. Girls account for the majority of children not attending school; almost two-thirds of women in the developing world work in the informal sector or as unpaid workers in the home. Despite greater parliamentary participation, women are still out-numbered four-to-one in legislatures around the world.
Equality between men and women is more than a matter of social justice – it is a fundamental human right. But gender equality also makes good economic sense. When women have equal access to education, and go on to participate fully in business and economic decision-making, they are a key driving force against poverty. Women with equal rights are better educated, healthier, and have greater access to land, jobs and financial resources. Their increased earning power in turn raises household incomes. By enhancing women’s control over decision-making in the household, gender equality also translates into better prospects and greater well-being of children, reducing poverty of future generations.
Gender equality is a condition for inclusive, democratic, violence-free and sustainable development.
Source: United Nations Development Programs