Why empower women?

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Backed up by figures, the conclusion is clear: providing women with better education, training, means of production and financial resources will maximize the possibility of eradicating hunger from the world by 2030!

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WHY EMPOWER WOMEN?
  • 55% of the progress in the fight against hunger during the past 25 years comes from improvements to the social situation of women. [1]
  • The agricultural yield of developing countries would increase to 4% and up to 150 million more people could be fed if women had the same resources as men: training in good agricultural practices, financing and access to land, equipment, markets… [2]
  • Investing in women's human capital is key to economic growth and social cohesion, especially in developing countries where the gender gap in education is still large, and thus the economic gains from educating girls may be substantial. [3]
  • Women spend up to 90% of their income on food, health and education for their families, compared with only 30-40% for men. A child has a 20% greater chance of surviving if the mother controls the family budget. [4]
  • Women make up 50 percent of the global population and 40 percent of the global workforce. Yet women only own 1 percent of the world’s wealth. [5]

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[1] https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/30315/gender-equality-and-food-security.pdf page 1
[2] https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/agriculture/brief/women-farmers-getting-to-equal , http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/52011/icode/
[3] http://www.oecd.org/employment/50423364.pdf  
[4] https://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/phlntrpy/notes/clinton.pdf , https://www.oecd.org/dac/gender-development/45704694.pdf 
[5] https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/speech/2011/09/14/the-world-bank-group-president-robert-b-zoellick-speech-at-george-washington-university-ahead-of-this-years-annual-meetings0