Women In Focus

Women account for one-half of the potential human capital of any economy and, according to the World Bank, countries with greater gender equality are more prosperous and competitive.* In South Asia raising female employment and entrepreneurship to male levels could improve average income by 19 percent.** This statistic is reflective of the current loss in economic potential across the Asian region, when a woman cannot contribute to society. Carrying the brunt of the burden of poverty, a woman’s access to opportunity is critical to the survival and security of poor households.

ACTS recognizes this critical gap and places women’s empowerment at the center of its program.

The program prioritizes women-run impact enterprises and enterprises where the majority of beneficiaries and/or stakeholders are women. ACTS believes women are the key to equitable development and the most effective solution to combating poverty.

Women multiply the impact of an investment and drive development.


*http://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/gender-equality-and-womens-empowerment
**http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/3-blind-spots-gender-equity-work-education-and-violence