and women in the poorest countries suffer a double
hardship, of being both born in a poor country and
being born female. Put simply,
poverty is sexist.
Across virtually every measurable indicator, life is
significantly harder for girls and women
compared with men.
Focusing on girls and women is a crucial prerequisite for ending
poverty. It is estimated that providing female farmers
with the same access to productive resources as men
could reduce the number of people living in chronic
hunger worldwide by 100–150 million.
Ensuring that all
students in low-income countries – including girls –
leave school with basic reading skills could cut extreme
poverty globally by as much as 12%.
relatively small additional amounts in health
interventions for women and children could yield a nine
times return in economic and social benefits.
To reach the poorest and most marginalised people, no
matter where they live – and in particular girls and
women – governments must commit to
level of spending to deliver basic services, including
health and education, to the poorest people in the
poorest countries, while also increasing productive
investments to boost growth and jobs.
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