Gender Equality Vital To Ending Extreme Poverty, Reaching Development Goals

Medium’s “USAID 2030”: Why Every Day Should Be International Women’s Day
In recognition of International Women’s Day, USAID Administrator Gayle Smith discusses the impact of women and gender equality on global development, writing, “[I]t’s not just on the economic front where women are poised to make a significant difference. When they are empowered, women lead the way in managing the impacts of climate change. When women play an active role in civil society and politics, governments are more responsive, transparent and democratic. And countries that invest in girls’ education have lower maternal and infant deaths, lower rates of HIV and AIDS, and better child nutrition…” (3/9).