Nowhere on earth do women have as many opportunities as men. Nowhere. But the gender gap is wider for women living in extreme poverty.
We won’t end extreme poverty until we break down the barriers holding girls and women back.
We believe that none of us are equal until all of us are equal. Join the movement that’s already 9 million strong.
Girls and women in the world’s poorest countries are being held back from realising their full potential, because poverty is sexist. They are fighting for an equal chance to learn, equal opportunities to earn money, and equal control over their finances.
If every woman could unlock her own potential to work, earn and invest in the future, the impact would be revolutionary.
Women would have more freedom and control over their own lives. They tend to spend more on the health and education of their children, so future generations and entire communities would benefit. And it would boost the global economy by an incredible US $12 trillion, if all gender gaps in work and society were closed.
In a few weeks, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host the leaders of the world’s biggest economies at the G7 summit in Quebec. We’re urging him to back a big idea that could kick-start momentous change: a bold new initiative that brings governments and the private sector together to fund programmes and change policies designed to empower women in the poorest countries.
We’ve been encouraged by Prime Minister Trudeau’s words of solidarity with women and girls in the poorest countries. Now we want to see action.
26 stats that show why poverty really is sexist
No matter how you cut it – socially, economically, legally – girls and women who live in extreme poverty are being denied the opportunities that they deserve.
From slums to Africa’s Silicon Savannah
Rukia and Sebit are training young women from Kenya’s slums how to code and develop websites, so they can build careers and work their way out of poverty.
9 stupidly sexist laws
Did you know that in Russia, there are 456 jobs that women aren’t allowed to do? These sexist laws will outrage you, but thankfully there’s also plenty of fearless women fighting to change them. And winning.