The key to economic development lies in unleashing women’s potential and investing in their capabilities. Women bear a disproportionate weight of extreme poverty, representing 70% of the world’s poorest. Nevertheless, it has been widely recognized that women have the potential to be the engine of economic and development progress. Addressing gender inequality and gender justice are crucial in enabling women to transform their lives and the lives of their families and communities.
Women’s roles as the primary caretakers of children, providers of household fuel and water, and in many areas of the world, producers of food can only begin to illustrate their importance in the economies and societies of developing countries.