Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gender Equality -Think Equal -

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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.


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.”  
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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.



 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?


  1. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!Thanks for this wonderful post that celebrates women and women equality!
    Equal for me means to me being part of a research team full of men and not having men looking at me like I am a freak. Equal means being able to earn as much as a man does. Equal means having more women in parliament and seeing women not being afraid to break the boundaries of society and traditional thinking.
    The situation is not so bad in my country but I hear about other countries where women are just treated like they are not human beings and that simply makes me angry.

  2. Hi Andreea,
    United Nations and the World Bank finally are showing some interest in the well-being of women. 23rd June 2011 they celebrated the International Widow's day and now this Think Equal concept. Thank you, thank you.

    (From my visit counts, these topics definitely are very unpopular, suppose even amongst women ourselves).

    Not too bad in our country, our National Bank Governor had been a lady since year 2000 and many others holding high positions in the Government and Private sectors.

    However some form of inequality do exist, silent and sensitive. Few of my friends, professionals and very successful in their careers resigned to become full time housewives, gardening, baking, cooking and many doing voluntary community works or set up own business and are successful running on their own. These were once the top students in my school!

    Anyway, World Bank call on all to be involved, so please do for the sake of the future generations @


  3. hi katrina, i just did my comment on your Dr Jane's post, now i am on an equally bigger issue- women and limitation in opportunities.

    There are still many countries out there especially from the third world, whose women are deprived economically, due to government policies and practices.
    This is the main culprit and hypocrite. If the government really cares to implement policies, protecting women interests on domestic issues,knowledge,economics and personal growth. there would have been a humongous difference today.
    As we all know, there is barely any positive change... except in the developed countries, bacause their women are braver and united to voice out and face challenges...