Five reasons we should all care about gender equality
Women around the world are disproportionately affected by poverty. They are also the key to overcoming it—not just for themselves but for their families and communities as well.
Want to find out how gender equality breaks the cycle of poverty? Here are five great reasons why we should all get behind investing in and empowering women and girls:
Ripple effect: Empower one woman to overcome poverty, and she will bring four people with her.
When more women work, economies grow. Recognizing women's contributions, ensuring they have opportunities to lead, and that they are fairly paid for their work is key to advancing gender equality.
Each year of school can increase a girl's future income by up to 20%.
Source: World Bank
A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive.
Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
If women farmers had the same access to tools and credit as men, there would be up to 150 million less hungry people in the world.
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)