Most of the people living in poverty in the world are women. Discrimination is a key driver of poverty. In some countries discrimination against women is built into the law. The violence women face helps keep them poor, and it is poor women who are most exposed to violence. Women continue to be most affected by poverty, violence, environmental degradation and diseases. They continue to be targeted in armed conflicts and face restrictions on their freedom and autonomy. Women’s voices must be heard. Their contributions must be recognized and encouraged.
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