Women Are Essential to Ending Poverty Locally and Globally

Why Women?

“True transformation only comes from sustainable strategies. When more women enter the workforce, it spurs innovation, increases productivity and grows economies. Families then have more money to spend, businesses can expand their consumer base and increase their profits; in short, everyone benefits.”
-Hilary Rodham Clinton

“We at the World Bank know that gender equality is smart economics because investing in women promotes economic growth as well as social progress. Developing countries with higher gender equality tend to have lower poverty rates, and better progress on health, nutritional status and girls’ education.”
-Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, The World Bank Group

“We cannot talk about building sustainable economies, sustainable democracies and sustainable societies without having strong and empowered women. Strong women lead to strong nations. This makes investments in their education, economic opportunities and political participation vital elements to building a more peaceful and secure world.”
-Zainab Salbi, Founder and CEO, Women for Women International

“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression… Our endeavors must be about the liberation of the woman, the emancipation of the man and the liberty of the child.”
-Nelson Mandela, at the opening of the first South African Parliament

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