Girls and Women are Drivers of Development – Women Deliver

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Girls and Women are Drivers of Development


  • Closing the gender wage gap could increase human capital wealth by more than US$160 trillion — about 2x the value of the global GDP. (World Bank Group, 2018)
  • Female farmers having the same access to resources as men = 150 million fewer hungry people (FAO, 2011)
  • If we met the need for modern contraception and quality care, unintended pregnancies would reduce by 75%, induced abortions would reduce by 74%, and maternal deaths would reduce by 73% (Guttmacher-LancetCommission, 2018 and Guttmacher, 2017)
  • Investment in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health yield at least ten-fold returns in educational attainment, workforce participation, and societal gains. (WHO, 2015)
  • Each additional year of secondary schooling = 10 – 20% increase in a girl's potential income (World Bank Group, 2018)
  • When women are included in a peace process, the agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years (International Peace Institute, 2015)