Why women and girls are the secret weapon in ending poverty

We’ve picked some of our favorite images and matched them up with facts to show why investing in women and girls is so important here at ONE. 

Pupils at Kidoti Primary School in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE.


Women farmers growing sweet potatoes in Tanzania. Photo: ONE.



An employee picking roses at Golden Rose Agrofarms in Ethiopia, where 85% of the workers are young women who have never had a job before. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE.


Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets with ONE representatives at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE.


A mother and her baby at a breastfeeding clinic in Ghana. Photo: ONE

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Education: United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990; UNESCO Education Statistics; UNICEF, Millennium Development Goals: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Agriculture: IFAD (2001) Assessment of Rural Poverty: Western and Central AfricaThe Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural EconomiesUSAID, Women in Development: Country Snapshot: Kenya and Agriculture & Micro-enterprise

Employment: Phil Borges (2007) Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World. New York;   World Bank (2008) Doing Business: Women in Africa; United Nations Development Programme

Politics: D. Dollar, R. Fisman and R. Gatti, Are Women Really the ‘Fairer’ Sex? Corruption and Women in Government, Policy Research Report on Gender and Development Working Paper Series No. 4; Africa Progress Report (2012) Jobs, Justice and Equity – Seizing Opportunities in Times of Global Change

Health:UNICEF (2009) State of the World’s Children: Maternal and Newborn HealthUNAIDS (2012) Together We Will End AIDSWHO (2012) Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010


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