Gender equality is a fundamental human right. Yet despite progress, women and girls around the world do not fully experience equal rights and their potential as economic, social and sustainable development change-agents remains untapped. Empowering women and girls helps promote economic growth, expands social development and establishes more stable and just societies.
Women’s economic empowerment benefits both women and children and is central to the health and social development of families, communities and nations. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights women’s empowerment as an important development objective, in and of itself, and stresses the relevance of gender equality to addressing a wide range of global challenges. Furthermore, research shows investing in women and girls can lead to increases in productivity, organizational effectiveness, return on investment and higher consumer satisfaction.