women's economic empowerment

Despite the fact that there are 10.5 million people in 70 countries in Savings Groups all over the world and a mountain of
This part of Afghanistan is dominated by small farms and steeped in poverty. If the rains do not come, then many families go hungry. Mushtary started her business in an effort to generate a little bit of extra income to see the family through the bad times. But with some basic business training from Hand in Hand, Mushtary has achieved so much more.
In today's world, power lies in our political systems and our economies. These two institutions, broadly speaking, control the way we live our lives. They carry huge implications for our freedoms, our human rights and our levels of security - financial and otherwise. Now consider who has the greatest access to, and control over, these institutions. Overwhelmingly, it's men. This is the conclusion drawn by reams of research into gender parity across the globe. Take, for example, the World Economic Forum's new Global Gender Gap Report, which measures the gender gaps in four key areas - health, education, economic participation and political representation.
What we really, really want from the G7 this week therefore is an initiative which brings together governments, business and NGOs to create and grow small businesses which will put economic power in the hands of women.