UN's Migiro: Economic Gains, Peace Anchored on Women Empowerment

Sustainable development, economic growth, and peace and security cannot be realized without gender equality, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said.

“There is a growing recognition among Governments and in the private sector that investing in women and girls has a powerful multiplier effect, on productivity, efficiency and economic growth,” Migiro said May 17 at the International Forum on the Role of Leadership in Promoting Gender Equality in Kigali, Rwanda.

Asia and the Pacific, for instance, is losing as much as USD47 billion in output annually due to lack of female participation in labor markets, Migiro stressed, citing estimates by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

States over the past decade have given greater priority to curbing occupational segregation, introducing measures on supporting women’s equal access to economic resources, increasing access to education for girls at all levels, and establishing legal, policy, and institutional frameworks to end violence against women and girls, Migiro said.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.