Tool for development

Nepalese woman and her child, drinking from my sister's water bottle. Source: Grace Farson Photography

It is impossible to realize our goals while discriminating against half the human race. As study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.

— Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, 2006, quoted in Half the Sky, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn