Read why gender equality and women’s economic empowerment is important to transforming our world for the better.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand, from the women we work with, their remarkable smarts and moxie, and their deep desire to better the lives of their children. Many of these women are single moms, abandoned by their husbands. When this happens, they say they cry for a day, yet because they know their children need to eat, have clothes to wear, and go to school, they generate resilience within themselves and persevere to find a way. So, I naturally always ask myself, as I feel very much a part of this community of women, what am I willing to do to make poverty history? How might I do my part to empower the world’s poor to be the change in their lives?"

April Stone Founder and President, With Women Kisoboka wwkisoboka.org

“I won the lottery the day I emerged from the womb by being born in the U.S. instead of in some other country where my chances would have been way different.”

Warren Buffet

"The power of parity: How advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth."

McKinsey Global Institute

“We can liken our situation to an attempt to reach the summit of an immense mountain. For the eons of human existence, we have been climbing up through dense cloud. We haven’t known how far we have to go, nor whether it is even possible to get to the top. Now at last we have emerged from the mist and can see a route up the remaining steep slopes and onto the summit ridge. The peak still lies some distance ahead. There are sections of the route that will challenge our abilities to the upmost, but we can see the ascent is feasible. … That’s why this is the right time to ask yourself: What ought I be doing to help?”

Peter Singer The Life You Can Save

“When more women work economies grow. An increase in female labor force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labor force participation—results in faster economic growth.” [Likewise] increasing the share of household income controlled by women, changes spending in ways that benefit children.”

UN Women unwomen.org

“Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But, today gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress. Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. Across the globe, women and girls perform a disproportionate share of unpaid domestic work. Inequalities faced by girls can begin right at birth and follow them all their lives. In some countries, girls are deprived of access to health care or proper nutrition, leading to a higher mortality rate.”

Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/gender-equality/

“There are many different women, but most of them, even in the most difficult circumstances, are strong. Women find strength to fight in their own way, whether it’s within their families or on a bigger scale in their work. They have so much power. When I imagine any woman from this region, I don’t imagine her submissive and weak. Never.”

Nadine Labaki Lebanese actress and director and first female Arab filmmaker nominated for an Oscar, for Capernaum, her drama about street children

"We believe that when women and girls are empowered to live to their full potential, everyone benefits exponentially."

Gates Foundation

“All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones.”

Melinda Gates