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Celebrating 100 years of achievements for women and health

Woman entrepreneur with a disability: shopkeeper affected with leprosy, Ethiopia
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Achievement 9: economic empowerment

Economic empowerment allows women financial independence both within households and communities. It enables them to participate more fully in household decisions on health and education. An analysis of 75 countries, correlating women's empowerment and several health indicators reveals the higher women's empowerment, the better the health indicators such as infant mortality rate, total fertility rate, under five mortality rate, maternal mortality, low-birth-weight infant percentage as well as life expectancy for both women and men.

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