05 Oct 2011
The price of oppressing your women
When poor countries choose to oppress their own women, they are to some extent choosing their own continued poverty. Female oppression is a moral issue; but it also must be seen as a choice that countries make for short-term "cultural" comfort, at the expense of long-term economic and social progress.. Here.
THE RIGHT AND SMART THING TO DO
Gender equality matters in its own right but is also smart economics: Countries that create better opportunities and conditions for women and girls can raise productivity, improve outcomes for children, make institutions more representative, and advance development prospects for all, says a new World Bank flagship report.
“Blocking women and girls from getting the skills and earnings to succeed in a globalized world is not only wrong, but also economically harmful,” said Justin Yifu Lin, World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President, Development Economics. “Sharing the fruits of growth and globalization equally between men and women is essential to meeting key development goals.”
“Focused domestic public policies remain the key to bringing about gender equality,” said Ana Revenga, WDR Co-Director. “And to be effective, these policies will need to address the root causes of gender gaps. For some problems, as with high maternal mortality, this will require strengthening the institutions that deliver services.
For other gaps, as with unequal access to economic opportunities, policies will need to tackle the multiple constraints –in markets and institutions- that keep women trapped in low productivity/ low earning jobs.”
Press Release No:2012/065/DEC
WASHINGTON, September 18, 2011
In many developing countries, women lack a voice in their households, communities, and governments, as well as access to resources. Increasing woman’s economic opportunities and participation—such as through access to land, financial services and other resources—can promote woman’s status and help their countries reduce poverty and develop faster. More here.
OPEN FORUM: GENDER — GETTING TO EQUAL
Women make up the majority of unpaid workers worldwide. Only 15% of landowners and one in five lawmakers globally are women. More girls are out of school than boys. Violence against women is still widespread.
With these facts in mind, the World Bank says it’s time to increase woman’s economic opportunity and their voice in decision making. A World Bank open forum, called “Think Equal” hosted in September looked at what changes need to be made in the world for women and men to be equal.
Listen to the recorded live webcast debate hosted by CNN International's Hala Gorani with a distinguished panel of experts including World Bank President Zoellick, Nike Foundation Founder and CEO - Maria Eitel. Open Forum "Think Equal" Part1 – to Part 9 here
What does EQUAL mean to you?