Women do more unpaid work than men, with significant consequences for the economy. From India to Denmark, the pattern is the same. While women invest an average of 4.5 hours per day in unpaid work, men invest barely 1.5 hours. It is estimated that the unpaid work that women do worldwide is equal to $12 trillion a year, or 11% of global GDP for the year 2025. In the case of … [Read more...] about How men and women sharing the workload can promote regional growth
The impact of female participation in agribusiness is one of the highest in the global economy. Women laborers produce between 60% and 80% of food in developing countries, and around the world there are about 1.6 billion women laborers, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Gender equality in this sector is key, so much so that family-sized … [Read more...] about How can gender equality boost agribusiness?
Three years ago, Marie-José Nadeau took the helm as the first woman to chair the World Energy Congress in its 90-year-history. She cautioned that the energy business was at a critical stage, suffering from underperformance and facing disruptive change. In her view, the industry would not have the ability to innovate and tackle these challenges without gender diversity. At … [Read more...] about Three best practices for energy companies investing in women
More than half century ago, John F. Kennedy said: “Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes — one for peace and one for science.” Today, despite having a third of the world’s freshwater resources, Latin America and the Caribbean is home to 30 million people without access to clean drinking water, and 100 million without safe sanitation. The … [Read more...] about Untapped Potential: Water, Women and Public-Private Partnerships
If a bank makes targeted efforts to better serve women customers, does this necessarily mean men are shortchanged? Global experts at the recent Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA) All-Stars Academy in the Dominican Republic agreed with a resounding “no”. … [Read more...] about Can banks serve the Women’s Market without sidelining men?