Investing in gender equality and women empowerment can unlock human potential on a transformational scale.Women account for one half of the potential human capital in any economy. More than half a billion women have joined the world’s work force over the past 30 years, and they make up the agriculture labor force. According to the World Bank, countries with greater gender equality are more prosperous and competitive.
An extra year of secondary school for girls can increase their future earnings by 10-20%. Girls with secondary education are up to six times less likely to marry as children than those with little or no education. Countries that invest in girls’ education have lower maternal and infant deaths, lower rates of HIV and AIDS, and better child nutrition.
In Uganda, we have to engage the society some of whom include the cultural leaders and religious leaders as key partners in fighting against social and cultural drivers that inhibit women’s empowerment many of which contribute to their poor sexual and reproductive health together with their general well being.
When women participate in civil society and politics, governments are more open, democratic and responsive to citizens. When women are at the negotiating table, peace agreements are more inclusive and durable. And simply by empowering women farmers with the same access to land, new technologies and capital as men, we can increase crop yields which help to feed the growing population.
Therefore, women and girls must have access to education, healthcare, and technology. They must have control of resources, lands, and markets. And they must have equal rights and equal opportunities as breadwinners, peace-builders and leaders.
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