Advancing Economic Empowerment for Women

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MANILA, Philippines - While gender discrimination around the world is still widespread, United Nations (UN) Member States are urged to advance economic empowerment for women in their anti-poverty programs. Women, especially in rural communities around the world, are mostly the ones who face difficulties. They do not have equal access to the tools they need to create better living conditions, and are often left out when it comes to services and information and technology.

To help women achieve their full economic potential, governments are enjoined to expand women's access to these tools and resources. The UN's youngest agency, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), is determined to advance women's issues, including leadership and political participation, expansion of economic opportunities, an end to gender-based violence, and increasing women's contributions to peace.

The UN Women grants start at $200,000 for programs that will make tangible improvements in women's lives and enable women to run for office and manage their resources to support themselves and their families. Contributions to UN Women last year totaled $235 million, a 33 percent increase from 2010; the agency will intensify its efforts to raise $700 million for its work this year in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Central Asia. …