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UN News Centre – Wednesday, 24 April 2013 (originally published 18 Apr)

Women learn to read and write in a classroom in Cité Soleil, Haiti. Image: Logan Abassi/MINUSTAH

Women learn to read and write in a classroom in Cité Soleil, Haiti. Image: Logan Abassi/MINUSTAH

18 April 2013 – With women projected to comprise a majority of the world’s urban dwellers and head increasing numbers of households, gender equality in employment, housing, health and education is vital to ensure the prosperity of the cities of the future, according to a new United Nations study.

“Women are key drivers of economic growth and that wealth in the hands of women leads to much more equitable outcomes in terms of the quality of life of families and communities,” the study, entitled State of Women in Cities Report 2012/13, said. “Addressing the barriers to women’s participation in cities creates a situation where women’s potential is more fully realised and households, communities and governments also reap rewards.

The report called for policies to enhance gender equality, equity and prosperity of women in cities, noting that cities of the future will comprise a majority female component, especially among people older than 60 and even more so among those older than 80 years . . .

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