Why Men Should Invest in Women – Womanity President Calls on Men to Back Girl’s and Women’s Emancipation at Tedx Covent Garden on 7th December 2013
Geneva/London – 6 December 2013 . 70% of the poor in the world are women; and at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. These are some of the shocking statistics quoted by Yann Borgstedt, founder-president of the Womanity Foundation in his TEDxWomen talk at Covent Garden on 7th December Men can change the situation for women from oppression to opportunity, and they will gain in doing so, Yann Borgstedt argues.
Even in the 21st century, women are still seen as subservient – or worse, as dispensable – in many communities. A view that Borgstedt is working hard to change. He maintains that “men must understand that we gain nothing by exerting control; the more we empower women, the more we all progress.”
The Womanity Foundation works to give girls and women across the world a chance to realise their dreams, through economic, social and political empowerment. “It’s about human rights, not women’s rights,” Borgstedt explains, “because for a society to function well, you have to give the same rights and chances to everyone.” The cost of restricting girls’ and women’s development is significant: it is has been estimated that the failure of 65 countries to educate girls to the same standard as boys collectively costs them USD 92 billion every year . Reversely, the return on investment in girls’ and women’s advancement is huge: when 10% more girls go to school, the gross domestic product increases on average by 3% .
Borgstedt admits there is still much to be done, but, “we’re pushing the boundaries and we are getting better and better at it. By supporting the enterprising and innovative spirit of men and women who work for women’s safety and empowerment, we are accelerating progress.”
Yann Borgstedt, founder-president of the Womanity Foundation will be speaking at TEDxCoventGardenWomen on December 7th 2013, where thinkers and doers, men and women, come together to inspire and motivate audiences by igniting a debate on women related issues. The theme for TEDxCGW, Un-Labelled, celebrates the “mother of all innovation”, that will break down societal and cultural barriers preventing women from realising their full potential (www.tedxcoventgardenwomen.com).
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