Gender Equality As an Investment Concept by Joe Keefe

This article was originally published 08/25/2014 at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-keefe/gender-equality-as-an-inv_b_5700228.html

“The best clue to a nation’s growth and development potential is the status and role of women.” — David S. Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

The above quote, from a learned historian, speaks to a nation’s growth and development potential — and today there is a strong consensus among international development experts that investing in women and girls is probably the most important strategy for alleviating poverty and promoting sustainable development around the globe. CARE, one of the world’s largest international humanitarian organizations, put it succinctly on its web site (www.care.org): “We place special emphasis on investing in women and girls because our six decades of experience show that their empowerment benefits whole communities.” (more…)

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