Excluding women from any economic activity has always been, and will always be, bad policy. This is not a normative claim but something that has been proved in research many times. Including women will not only improve economic performance in general, but it will also lead to a number of positive side effects that come with increased economic independence. There are countless good arguments to create a society that does not discriminate based on gender (or any other factor for that matter), but sometimes the economic arguments are forgotten which is unfortunate since they are so strong and so obvious. Reminding people of this fact is one of my main ambitions as an International Gender Champion.
Former Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the World Trade Organization
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