CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE AND PRAGMATIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (CIPDI) recognizes the critical role of women’s economic empowerment in achieving prosperity and peace, “Societies that empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life are more prosperous and peaceful.”  Women make up half the human population — and can act as key drivers of global growth and national security.  We believe that investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment can help eradicate extreme poverty, build vibrant economies, and unlock human potential on a transformational scale.

$12 trillion by 2025 → If the same number of women as men participated in the global economy, global GDP would grow by $12 trillion by 2025.


$18 billion in 144 developing countries → Providing online and mobile access to 600 million women could contribute $18 billion to GDP growth in 144 developing countries.


An 18% better bet → Women are 18 percent more likely than men to pay back small business loans.


WE MUST LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD: Women’s economic empowerment also involves changes to laws, policies, practices and norms that have historically limited women’s potential. We must continue to identify and reduce policy, legal and regulatory barriers to women’s participation in the economy, and promote improved practices that increase women’s economic empowerment.

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