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Empowering Women Everywhere - Essential to Development Success

Empowering women anywhere, everywhere, is essential to development success in any community, in any country. By empowerment, I mean: Women and girls are undervalued all over the world. Millions of girls are not tracked at all by their governments - there are no systems to record their birth, their citizenship, or even their identity. The 2009 World Economic Forum devoted one of its plenary sessions to the impact of educating girls in developing countries for the first time ever, and noted that only half a cent of every international development dollar currently goes toward girls. "Women account for two thirds of global hours worked. Yet they earn just one tenth of the world's income and own merely one percent of the world's property." (International Rescue Committee, 2011)

I want to track data, research and articles that confirm that empowering women is essential to development success. Hence the following list.

Some of what I note below is from lists compiled by The Girl Affect. If you would like to refer other research and articles, please contact me (no opinion pieces, please; research and case studies only).

If you would like to refer other research and articles, please contact me (no opinion pieces, please; research and case studies only).

Empowering Women Everywhere - My Favorite Resources, a list of my favorite resources for information about the empowerment of women and girls. If you are looking to educate yourself on this issue, this is where to start.

Also see Women's Access to Public Internet Access, a resource I'm compiling to support the development of women-only Internet centers/technology centers/etc., or women-only hours at such public Internet access points, in developing and transitional countries.

Read more about my own women-focused/gender-inclusive work

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