To say the least. According to the latest UNICEF report, The State of the World’s Children 2007: Women and Children – The double dividend of gender equality, “poverty, violence and discrimination assault women worldwide and undermine their children’s futures.”
“Where you see extreme discrimination against women, you see more problems for children,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman said in an interview.
“When you empower women,” Veneman said, “you benefit children.”
This is no surprise. According to the World Development Report of 1993, by the World Bank, maternal education has a greater impact on the reduction of child mortality than parental education.