Development: Gender equality equals growth 2 June 2006
The document released ahead of the UN Special Session on Women in New York next week echoes what gender activists have been championing for years -
that societies which discriminate on the basis of gender pay a significant price in more poverty, slower economic growth, weaker governance and lower quality of life.
"The findings won't surprise advocates for gender equality," says Karen Mason, World Bank Director for Gender and Development. "But we hope that it will help to convince others that attention to gender issues really is crucial to development and poverty reduction."
The study, 'Engendering Development' is still only available on the Internet. Its aim is to fuel debate ahead of the Jun. 5-9 General Assembly session titled
''Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century''.