Women’s Empowerment

Women’s empowerment is essential to our mission of helping improve the lives of women by increasing access to economic and personal development tools. 

Unequal access and benefits

Although in many countries women work longer hours than men and produce half of the world’s food, they only own 1 percent of the world’s property and earn 10 percent of the world’s income. [1] Women also make up a large percent of the world’s poorest people. Empowering women and closing the gender gap is essential in improving women’s income, health and education. 

Rewards

Empowering women to achieve not only helps improve the lives of women, but it is also proven to improve the economy, and the community all around. Increasing women’s involvement in agriculture, narrowing the gender gap and furthering women’s education has been proven to increase the income per capita and agricultural outputs.  

Quick Facts

  • Narrowing the existing gender gap in employment could increase income per capita by as much as 10%–14% in the BRICs and other key emerging markets by 2020 [3]
  • An increase of 1 percent in female secondary school attendance adds .3 percent to the country’s average annual per capita income growth [4]
  • Women work 2/3 of the world’s working hours but earn 10 % of the world’s income [1]
  • Women produce half of the world’s food [1]
  • Women own less than 1 percent of the world’s property [1]
  • Women make up 70 % of the world’s poorest people. [2]

Sources:

1http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/fast-facts/english/FF-Gender-Equality-and-UNDP.pdf

http://www.care.org/work/womens-empowerment/women 

http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/archive/archive-pdfs/brics-book/brics-chap-10.pdf

http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/UserFiles/File/GlobalAgDevelopment/Report/GirlsGrowReportFinal_v9.pdf