The changes required to make women equal partners in development are the same as those required to sustain life itself, for nothing is more important for human development than reforming policies that suppress the productive capacities of half of the world's population.
Ignoring the overall value of women's economic contributions would paralyze efforts to achieve overall development goals, and the absence of investment in their efforts would reduce their productivity.
Development strategies that limit women's ability to do what they can do thus limit the ability of societies and peoples to do what they can.
Improving the status of women will require reorienting development efforts away from the overemphasis currently being exercised on reducing women's productivity.
Instead, efforts should focus on creating an environment in which women and men can achieve economic success, which means major development programmers that seek to expand women's control over income and family resources, improve their productivity, consolidate their social rights and increase the economic and social choices from which they can choose.
In the technical progress, progress has emerged in all economic and social aspects and regional and global transformations, where new challenges have emerged, namely encouraging and favoring women's participation in economic and social development to occupy a prominent position on the list of development priorities.
Women want to be healthy, they want excellent health services, and they want appropriate means of regulating their offspring.
Women also want access to other services that meet their different reproductive health needs, so when faced with the problem of the time and cost of seeking health care, they prioritize health care for their children and prefer them to themselves. Investing in women's development entails broadening the base of choice for women.
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