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Women’s economic empowerment: Fundamental for development

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“Women's economic empowerment is a development game changer. The more women participate in a formal or informal economy, the more prosperous families, communities, and countries become,” said Dr Mareva Lechat-Kitalong, Adviser and Legal Counsel, Office of the President, French Polynesia at the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women.

Across the region, men outnumber women in paid work two to one and in Melanesia, women occupy just one-third of all jobs in the formal economy.  Men generally earn 20-50% more than women. Women also suffer from an unequal burden of work with greater responsibilities in the home, family and community.

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