Gender Equality And Women’s Empowermentby The Daily Eye Team January 21 2014, 11:47 am Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 50 secs
Long-term, sustainable development will only be possible when women and men enjoy equal opportunity to rise to their potential. But today, women and girls continue to face disadvantages in every sector in which we work, while in some cases, boys are falling behind.
In agriculture, women make up more than 40 percent of the labor force, but only represent between 3 to 20 percent of landholders. In Africa, women-owned enterprises make up as little as 10 percent of all businesses–and in South Asia, only 3 percent. And despite representing half the global population, women compromise less than 20 percent of the world’s legislators.
If we can erase these inequities–and put women on equal footing with men–we know that we can unlock human potential on a transformational scale. Just by empowering women farmers with the same access to land, new technologies and capital as men, we can increase crop yields by as much as 30 percent and feed an additional 150 million people.