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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Why It Matters
At its most fundamental level, development is the process of engaging communities to improve social, health, economic, and political outcomes and to expand freedoms. Gender equality and women’s empowerment1 are essential components to the development process because to neglect a portion of those communities or to maintain social structures that benefit certain groups at the expense of others is to fail at those most basic objectives. Thus, awareness of the ways gender and empowerment inform access and impact of development objectives and implementation is essential to achieving program success. As Melinda Gates recently pointed out in a 2014 Science Magazine article outlining the relationship between women’s empowerment, gender equality, and improved development outcomes, “No society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”2