Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, discussed how women’s economic opportunities could be improved around the world in a recent trip to Manchester.
Leading an expert panel from the University of Manchester, including Professor David Hulme, Executive Director of the Global Development Institute (GDI), and Professor Stephanie Barrientos, GDI’s Director of Social Responsibility, Greening spoke to university students, top business leaders and gender specialists.
“Unlocking the potential of women and girls worldwide isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing. No country can ever properly develop if it leaves half its population behind. I want women and girls all over the world to have the step up they need, the opportunity to realise and seize their potential.”
“I will take the experience and views of the students, academics and business leaders I met in Manchester today with me to the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment later this year.”
At the conference, Professor Hulme said, “We were chosen to host the event due to the Global Development Institute’s outstanding reputation and work in the field of international gender equality and economic empowerment.”
“We’d like to thank the Secretary of State for asking the GDI to host the event and contribute to what is an immensely important debate, both in the UK and overseas. Economic equality and empowerment is one of the fundamental drivers of stability and inclusive growth for any nation’s economy. The expertise and ideas of researchers can deliver concrete steps to help achieve such goals.”
Greening is currently conducting a number of consultations on the subject of gender equality in order to put their collective views to the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
The Secretary of State for International Development is currently calling on all business to complete a survey, helping them identify both the challenges and successes businesses have experienced in getting more women into work.