U.N. Women's chief: "When women make money, it helps everyone"
Friday, March 23, 2012
From CBS News - www.cbsnews.com
March 22, 2012 11:17 PM
- By Pamela Falk
(CBS News) U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet says women's
rights have progressed -- but there is still the dark side of violence
against women in many forms. Human trafficking is a global dilemma, she
said, "the third largest world market behind weapons and the drug
And in the U.S., where women may be
overtaking men in pay, Bachelet told CBS, "When women earn the money for
the family, everyone in the family benefits. "We also know that when
women have an income, everyone wins because women dedicate 90% of the
income to health, education, to food security, to the children, to the
family, or to the community, so when women have an income, everybody
"We know that," Bachelet said, "according to estimates of the
Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) that in the world we have so
many places where women are the more important agricultural labor
force, that if they are given the same access, not more, the same access
to credit, to water, to technical support, access to markets, as men,
the agricultural output of the country will rise between 2 and 4% and we
can take out of hunger of 150 million people."
knows a lot about being a woman in a man's world. She is a physician and
she was minister of Health, in addition to being the Minister of
Defense of Chile, before she was elected President of Chile, the first
female President elected in her own right in Latin America. She and her
family suffered during the Pinochet era, back in the 1970s, when her
father died in prison and she and her mother were jailed and tortured by
the military junta.
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