Friday, 8 March 2013

Empowering women

Excellent article making a compelling and powerful case for empowering women, by political analyst and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers: ...As a huge and growing body of research and experience makes clear, empowering women makes things better. Not perfect. But better. Business is more profitable. Governments are more representative. Families are stronger, and communities are healthier. There is less violence - and more peace, stability and sustainability.

Why? Well, it starts with the simple fact that women often experience life differently. And that experience affects the way we see problems - and think about solutions.

"Diversity is absolutely an asset," says Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

"With diversity you bring different ways of looking at the world, different ways of analysing issues, different ways of offering solutions. The sheer fact of diversity actually increases the horizon and enriches the thinking process, which is critical."...

...So empowering women isn't about political correctness, it's about improving outcomes. It's about investing in stronger economies and healthier communities - it's about ending conflicts, and sustaining peace. It's about improving the quality of life for people all over the world.

Empowering women isn't just the right thing, it's the necessary thing. And because women are increasingly ruling, the world is changing for the better (full article on the BBC website here).

See http://www.internationalwomensday.com/  Picture top left shows Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Helen Sharman and Rachel Carson just a few women that have inspired me and my interest and work in science, the natural world and environmentalism.

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