Women are a force to be reck­oned with world­wide

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

THE AP­POINT­MENT of Amina Mo­hammed from Nige­ria as the next Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the United Na­tions will be wel­comed by the global com­mu­nity.

Per­haps soon, a woman will be cho­sen as Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral and be­come the most pow­er­ful civil­ian on earth.

Over the sweep of his­tory, women have been – and will con­tinue to be – a paci­fy­ing force. As moth­ers, they have evo­lu­tion­ary in­cen­tives to main­tain peace and har­mony.

Women will play a piv­otal role in the next decade. Dur­ing the next 20 years, the male-dom­i­nated pa­tri­archy will grad­u­ally come to an end.

Within the next five years, the global econ­omy will be run by women. By 2050, fe­male legislators in the US will wield im­mense po­lit­i­cal power.

Re­search re­veals that in­volv­ing women in peace-build­ing de­creases the prob­a­bil­ity of vi­o­lence by 25 per­cent.

Women make up 52per­cent of the global pop­u­la­tion and con­trol $20 tril­lion in an­nual con­sumer spend­ing.

If we de­sire to ur­gently nav­i­gate through to the Next World Or­der, then we need to bravely el­e­vate a new par­a­digm of power in­volv­ing women.

A woman’s far-sighted strate­gic vi­sion could bring sta­bil­ity in a trou­bled world.

Women are a force to be reck­oned with; from the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund to the UN, their skills have an ex­po­nen­tial reach. Let us salute our women in 2017. Joburg

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