For decades now, women have been classified as the ‘vulnerable’ section of society. Recent statistics suggest that while women make up for half of the world’s population, they represent 70% of the poor population. The majority of women from low income communities across developing countries have a very low standard of living and face discrimination just on account of being a woman. Globally, over time, women have become recognized as drivers of progress. Empowering women has gained increasing prominence as a development priority. While there has been progress, there still exists a disparity in terms of economic and social equity for women. A larger reason for this can be attributed to the looming health inequity which has led to further income inequity.

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