On 8 March, International Women's Day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) issued a message stating, 'It is good to invest in women and girls, and it pays to do so'.
UNFPA continued its call with the words: 'Investing in women means investing in families, communities, and nations. When women have resources, they tend to spend them on education and health for their children, who then face better ... life prospects. In every region, increased women's participation and earnings result in reduced poverty and faster economic growth.
'Political commitments have been taken to institute policies and allocate the necessary resources to achieve a world where women are healthy, safe and in control...