Women's economic empowerment "key" to poverty eradication

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A woman washes her mud soaked clothes and sheets. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The economic empowerment of women is the key to poverty eradication, according to a senior UN official.

Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, the entity for gender equality, was speaking ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The day is observed on 17 October each year to promote awareness of the need to eliminate poverty across the world.

Ms Puri said there is greater recognition by policy makers of the gender dimension to poverty.

"This recognition that women's empowerment, economic empowerment in particular and a gender responsiveness of social protection measures is the key to sustainable poverty eradication. There have been cases when poverty has been brought down in many countries but then they have relapsed back into poverty. Those gains have been lost. The resilience has not been built because women were not empowered." (26")

This year's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is focusing on identifying and securing the participation of impoverished people in the "Post 2015 Development Agenda".

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'13"

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