Mother's Day

Did you know that Mom in Swahili is "Mama" I like to think that's because no matter which country we call home, no matter which language we speak and no matter our age each one of us has a very special place in our hearts for our mothers.

Mothers are more likely to invest in their children and are huge assets to the global economy. Evidence from a range of countries has shown us that increasing the share of household income controlled by women changes spending habits to benefit children. Further, women, including mothers, can increase their income globally by up to 76% if the wage gap and employment participation gap are closed between men and women. This is a global value of $17 trillion!

I hope that you will join with me and salute the strength and love of mothers around the world. 

 

For more statistics on women's economic empowerment, see UN Women