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Women: End discrimination, end poverty

When women are equal,
everyone wins

Why tackling discrimination against women can help end poverty for everyone.

Every day, in every country, women's efforts to leave poverty behind are blocked by violence, abuse and discrimination. Research from the World Bank has shown that if you're a woman, you're more likely to work long hours, earn less and spend more time doing unpaid work. You're also far more likely to suffer sexual or physical violence - as one in three women do.

For all of these reasons and more, you're more likely to be poor if you're a woman. And that's not the only reason that support for women lies at the heart of everything Oxfam does. As well as simply being the right thing to do, achieving greater equality is vital if we are to end poverty for everyone.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found that investing in women boosts economic development and helps to create jobs. And in places where more women are in leadership roles, inequality is usually reduced and more is spent on vital public services like healthcare. In both of those scenarios, everyone benefits. The true potential of women is unlocked - and whole communities move forward together.

In a nutshell, that's why achieving equality isn't only about fairness. It's about ending poverty.

Let's look at some of the many ways we're working to help unlock the potential of more than one million women and girls worldwide. And we meet just a few of the amazing people we work with who, just like us, refuse to live with inequality.

What did Emeli Sandé find out in Zambia?

Zambia has a growing economy but its challenge is to make sure that the benefits of that growth reach most people and help reduce poverty.



Working together to end poverty