ICPD 2013 : International Conference on Population and Development
June 27-28, 2013
High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population & Development (ICPD)
POLICY BRIEF: PRIORITIES FOR THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
"The empowerment of women and girls and the achievement of gender equality are a matter of fundamental human rights and a basic precondition for equitable and sustainable social and economic development. As breadwinners and caretakers, food producers and almost half of the developing world's agricultural workforce, peace-builders in crisis-affected communities, and increasingly, political and business leaders, women are the backbone of strong families and communities on which nations are built. As half the world's population, they represent half the global human capital base for boosting economic growth and poverty eradication. But women face systematic obstacles due to gender-based discrimination, violence and inequality, severely compromising their human rights and freedoms, health and educational attainment, productivity and earning potential. When large sectors of society face inequality, countries' economic growth and social progress are slowed."
"Conversely, when women are empowered, all benefit and prosper."
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