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While many may con­sider the is­sue of fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­force – and the econ­omy at large – some­what f luffy or just down­right friv­o­lous, it is any­thing but. As Ban Ki-moon, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the UN, rightly stated: “Equal­ity for women and girls is not only a ba­sic hu­man right, it is a so­cial and eco­nomic im­per­a­tive.”

The World Bank has found that coun­tries that in­vest in pro­mot­ing the so­cial and eco­nomic sta­tus of women tend to have lower poverty rates, eg an ex­tra year of sec­ondary school­ing for girls can in­crease their fu­ture earn­ings by 10% to 20%.

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