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The Third Billion- Women

Savy Lim, 54, with onions from her farm that she is bundling to sell (c)2012 Jon Warren/World Vision

Savy Lim, 54, with onions from her farm that she is bundling to sell (c)2012 Jon Warren/World Vision

When experts speak about economic growth, they often speak in billions.  In the next decade, it is expected that 1 billion people from China and 1 billion people from India will enter the global economy.  However, there is equal potential for positive economic impact from the often forgotten 3rd billion– women.

Women can be producers, consumers, employees and entrepreneurs, but first must be given education, access to financial services, access to markets and the legal services that any business owner needs.  A recent publication, Empowering the Third Billion, Women and the World of Work in 2012 reveals some interesting insights into women and economics.

“When it comes to the enormous challenge of our time—to systematically and relentlessly pursue more economic opportunity in our lands—we don’t have a person to waste and we certainly don’t have a gender to waste.”

       —Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

Highlights include addressing equal rights that encompass inheritance, property rights, family law and economic ownership, the potential impact on individual countries’ GDP and moving beyond micro.  See all details, here.

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