Women’s economic empowerment as smart economics

Women play a key role in economic growth and development. World Bank and IMF studies have shown that the economies of the developing countries are losing billions of US dollars because women are still discriminated against in economic life or even excluded from it. In order to find practical ways of improving women’s economic participation in the developing countries, Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul hosted a conference in Berlin on 22 and 23 February. http://www.bmz.de/en/press/aktuelleMeldungen/20070222_gender/index.html