Women's Economic Empowerment
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In 2011, Walmart launched the Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative. By using our unique size and scale, we are empowering women around the world.
Working to improve the lives of women around the world
Over a billion people live in poverty worldwide – 70% are women. Nearly 775 million people can't read or write, and the majority are women. Almost 15 million households in America are headed by women. Despite being the sole providers, more than 29% of women live below the poverty level in the U.S. Through Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, we'll help provide more training, market access and career opportunities to nearly 1 million women, many on farms and factories, ultimately allowing them access to the economic opportunity they deserve.
Sources: UN Women - http://www.unifem.org/gender_issues/women_poverty_economics/; Gates Foundation; http://www.globalgrassroots.org/illiteracy.html; Dow Jones VentureSource
Through Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, we’ve set goals and are taking practical steps to help change the lives of countless women around the world by 2016.
Around the world, Walmart has been helping equip women with skills to build a better life, and we’ve committed to do even more. Learn about some of the real women whose lives have already been changed.
As part of our Women in Factories Training Program, we are sharing training curriculum, developed in partnership with CARE, to improve the lives of women factory workers.
Empowering Women Together is an online site that connects shoppers with products supporting small women-owned businesses around the world.