Women make up majority of world's poor: UN official

Women are overrepresented among the world's poor who lack access to basic social services according to Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women.

Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet

Speaking at an event on social protection held in New York, she said that despite economic growth over the past six decades 75 per cent of the world’s people are still not covered by adequate social security.

Ms. Bachelet said that 1. 44 billion people around the world are poor living on less $1.25 a day.

“Women are in particularly vulnerable position. They are overrepresented among the poor and among those who lack access to basic social services and are underrepresented and under paid in the labour market. The lack of social protection is a social liability that undermines economic performance and nurtures political and institutional instability.”

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