The EU wants a world where the rights of girls and women are claimed, valued and respected by all, and where everyone is able to fulfil
their potential and contribute to a more fair and just society. The EU is therefore fully committed to break the vicious cycle of gender
discrimination by supporting partner countries to establish a more enabling environment for the fulfilment of girls' and women's rights and
to achieve real and tangible improvements in gender equality.
Gender equality is not just a matter of social justice, but also one of "smart economics": women’s participation in the economy is essential
for sustainable development and economic growth. An OECD study estimated that closing the labour force gender gap by 2030 could yield
a potential average gain of 12% in relation to the size of the total economy across OECD countries. If women had the same access to
productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 2030%
and raise total agricultural outputs. This could lift an
million people out of hunger worldwide, amongst other benefits.
Overall, evidence shows that when women are given equal opportunities and access to resources and to decisionmaking,
are more prosperous and more peaceful. The EU wants to assist partners in effectively using this significant transformative potential