From a human rights perspective, providing women with equal access to employment, education and health care is a no-brainer. Unfortunately, women around the world continue to face barriers in exercising their basic rights. Lack of child care, domestic and family violence, and no access to credit are just a few of the obstacles women often face.
Governments and NGOs clearly have an important role to play. As consumers we can also contribute by purchasing products that are made by women and women-led enterprises.
The benefits of this simple action extend way beyond providing an income for one particular woman - child mortality rates drop, children have better health and education outcomes, and peace and stability across entire countries and regions improves.
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