Countries and companies can be competitive only if they develop, attract and retain the best talent, both male and female. While governments have an important role to play in creating the right policy framework for improving women’s access and opportunities, it is also the imperative of companies to create workplaces where the best talent can flourish. Civil society, educators and media also have an important role to play in both empowering women and engaging men in the process.^ http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GenderGap_Report_2013.pdf
Sustainable development and inclusive economic growth can be achieved only by associating development and respect for human rights. Human rights of women and girls, are often challenged, threatening the progress achieved so far in terms of global human rights movement. Worldwide gender disparities and discrimination against women and girls persist. Yet, the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment would unleash the full potential of half the world’s population. It is a prerequisite and driver of poverty eradication, sustainable development, peace, security and most of all human rights.
The world population, as of today, is estimated at 7.099 billion. The ratio is 1.01 males to every 1.0 female. Total female estimate as of July 2015 is 3,523,843,981, yet represent a staggering 70% of the world’s poor. For the millions of women living in poverty, their lives are a litany of injustice, discrimination and obstacles that get in the way of achieving their basic needs of good health, safe childbirth, education and employment. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, but earn only 10% of the world’s income and own less than one percent of the world’s property. On average, women earn half of what men earn.
Recognizing women means not withholding any good from females. It also means accommodating and respecting differences because our identity is shaped precisely through our relations to others, our being recognized by them, and feelings of self-worth, self-respect and self-esteem are possible only if we are positively recognized for who we are. Hence recognition must always take place between equals. To be mediated through social institutions which can guarantee equality, which in turn produce the necessary mutual relations of recognition necessary for the attainment of freedom.
Identity is ‘partly shaped by recognition or its absence’. Recognition with it’s platforms within a particular industry enhances skill, talent and the appreciation thereof, but significantly it also increases value of both the people and the products.
Then ‘Non-recognition can inflict harm, can be a form of oppression, imprisoning someone in a false, distorted, and reduced mode of being’. Recognition is a human right.
GWRM has identified the great harm inflicted on many women around the world as a result of withheld recognition and therefore our goal is creating a different future. A future whereby women are correctly recognized in their respective fields of occupation or in their contributions to advance societies.
As a result, recognition can be seen as an indispensable means for analyzing social movements such as the GWRM, assessing claims for justice, thinking through issues of equality and difference, understanding our concrete relations to others, and explicating the nature of personal identity.
Lack of Recognition of women in their contribution of good-works in this world robs the society as a whole of female role models. Besides that, it withholds from women proper acknowledgement for their contributions, resulting in a huge oversight. This eventually deprives especially the youth and other women of motivation and encouragement within the community. The damage of this doesn’t only affect women but instead it delays the entire nation which at the end delays global advancement.