Tackling gender inequality through investments in health equity

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[[tweetable]]Still today, in almost all societies around the world, women are less well-off than men.[[/tweetable]] Women are still paid less than men; they are less represented in business, politics and decision-making. Their life chances remain overwhelmingly less promising than those of men. 

 

This inequality hurts us all. [[tweetable]]The world would be 20% better off if women were paid the same as men.[[/tweetable]] Delaying early marriage in the developing world by just a few years would add more than $500 billion to annual global economic output by 2030. 

 

But this is more than a problem of lost income. For women and girls in poor countries, it cuts life short before it can flourish.  

 

[[tweetable]]Today, 830 women will die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.[[/tweetable]] This month, 450,000 children under the age of five will die. This year, 151 million children will have their education and employment opportunities limited due to stunting. If current trends continue, 150 million more girls will be married by 2030.

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