Background Paper: Gender Equality and Pro-Poor Growth

Oct 01, 2010
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This document presents information about how gender equality is not solely a fundamental human right but it is also essential for poverty reduction and sustained economic growth. Empirical evidence shows that gender-based inequalities limit both economic growth and poverty reduction. At the same time, countries that improve the status of women tend to have lower poverty inci-dence and stronger economic growth. As a result, governments can no longer afford the cost of inaction.