Sustainability: Invest in Women!

Girls' Globe

In a recent blog post, Jill Sheffield, the president of Women Deliver, highlights the importance of women and sustainability in development. Empowering  women and girls through sustainable development initiatives is essential to creating long lasting change for their overall health and well-being. Reproductive health and economic empowerment are two sectors that are closely linked and should be considered when discussing the issue of women and sustainability.

Healthier, better educated women are more productive economically, and are critical to ensuring healthy children, strong families and communities, and productive nations.

Currently there are two hundred and twenty-two million women who lack access to contraceptives and family planning services. Studies posit that investing in reproductive health will reduce the amount of monetary investment needed in maternal health by five billion dollars.  In 2001, USAID estimated that over fifteen billion dollars is lost in economic productivity due to maternal health issues with…

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