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This Library Note provides background reading for Members in advance of the debate to be held on 5 March 2015 on ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment both Nationally and Internationally’.

UN Women has suggested that to invest in women’s economic empowerment is to set “a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth” (Economic Empowerment of Women, November 2013). This Library Note provides a snapshot of recent statistics relating to women’s economic status, both in the UK and internationally, with regard to employment and pay; boards and senior positions; and education.


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